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Freedom House: the occupation government has silenced independent media

10.03.2017, 17:14

International human rights organization Freedom House made a report on political rights and civil liberties in Russain annexed Crimea. This is stated in the report for 2016, published on the website of the organization.

"Russian occupation authorities enforced their control over Crimea for a third year in 2016, notably repressing Crimean Tatar activists, further limiting the media available to Crimean residents, and pressuring local voters to participate in Russia’s State Duma elections in September." - the report goes.

Co-founder of the civic initiative KrymSOS Tamila Tasheva, commenting Freedom House report, said that the only available source of reliable information in Crimea is posts in social networks and Stream.
"Among the first acts of Russia were intimidation of community activists and journalists. The only source of objective information now is Stream, journalists posts to the social networks, the same is for activists, lawyers and families imprisoned for political reasons," - she said.

Since the 2014 invasion, Tatar media outlets have been shuttered."

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