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16 citizen journalists detained in the occupied Crimea – Tasheva

07.06.2022, 18:24
Ukrinform
Ukrinform

16 citizen journalists, including one woman, Iryna Danylovych, are detained in occupied Crimea.

This was announced on June 7 by the Permanent Representative of the President to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Tamila Tasheva at a briefing in Kyiv, Ukrinform reports.

"This concept (of 'citizen journalism' – Ed.) appeared on the peninsula after 2015 due to the lack of independent media. These are people who had nothing to do with professional journalism before. Theн are very often former lawyers, customer service workers, who simply picked up the phones and started filming what was happening in the Crimea. And for the last 7 years and now, most of the information we have is coming from such citizen journalists, among others," said Tasheva.

According to her, 16 such journalists are currently in prison. Among them is Iryna Danilovych, who covered court processes and healthcare system. She is the only woman persecuted for her journalistic activities. Now Danilovych is in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center.

Tasheva also noted that the methods used to persecute journalists and "cleanse" the information landscape used by the russian federation in Crimea and ORDLO are also being employed in the territories that were occupied after the start of the full-scale invasion.

As IMI reported, on May 11 it became known that Iryna Danilovych was being held in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center.

On April 29, in the occupied Crimea, russian security forces detained citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych. She was detained on her way from work on the road from Koktebel to Feodosia. Her house in Vladislavivka village was searched, her phone and laptop were seized.

Several public human rights organizations have demanded the release of citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, who had been abducted in Crimea.

Iryna Danylovych is being accused of alleged illegal manufacturing, transportation or storage of explosives. She faces from six to eight years in prison and a fine of up to 100 thousand rubles (45 thousand UAH).

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