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Propaganda media in Crimea report on court rulings even before the hearings – journalist

09.09.2022, 11:34

Media representatives working for the occupier authorities in Crimea sometimes report on court rulings even before the court hearing has taken place.

Crimean journalist Oleksandra Yefymenko, who had had to abandon business trips to the peninsula due to being persecuted by the occupiers, spoke about this in her interview with the Institute of Mass Information.

Namely, the journalist recalled how before the "court" hearing in the case of Nariman Dzhelal and the Akhtemov brothers, whom the occupiers are accusing of sabotaging a gas pipeline, a journalist at one of the propaganda channels recorded a stand-up where she stressed that the man was guilty and that the court had already sentenced him to prison. By that time, Oleksandra Yefymenko noted, the court session had not yet begun, and Nariman Dzhelal had not been brought into the courtroom.

"I stood next to her, waiting for the trial and listening to what she was saying. And I was asking myself: first, what right does a journalist have to accuse a person for whom there has not even been a first court hearing (not to mention the substantive trials), and secondly, how does she know what measure of restraint the judge will choose during a trial that has not yet begun. And there are a lot of such stories," the journalist said.

She added that at such moments she does not think it is worth it to explain anything to her "colleagues," because "you cannot convince people who work on such resources of anything."

"And approaching them to say something myself – I don't think it is necessary. Because, you know, if only that woked... I would come up and say, "What are you doing? Aren't you ashamed?" And she would be like, "Yes, I am," and would write a resignation letter. I would have done that then, but you realize that, unfortunately, it doesn't work like that," stressed Oleksandra Yefymenko.

We remind you that on September 3-4, 2021, in Crimea, russian security forces conducted searches and detained 5 people in the so-called "gas pipeline sabotage" case in Perevalne village. Eldar Odamanov and Shevket Useinov were sentenced to 14 and 15 days of administrative arrest and have not been charged under criminal articles. Two more detainees – brothers Aziz and Asan Akhtemov – are suspected by the russian investigators of "sabotaging a gas pipeline" near Simferopol.

Among those detained was the Crimean Tatar politician and activist Nariman Dzhelal, who had participated in Crimean Platform meetings. He was also a suspect in the "sabotage" case. On September 6, 2021, a "court" in occupied Crimea arrested Dzhelal.

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