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While you are under occupation, it's incredibly difficult to understand what is happening beyond your home – Baturyn

20.09.2022, 16:30
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In the occupied territories, the resources for local residents to acquire information are very limited.

This was stated by Oleh Baturyn, a journalist from Novaya Kakhovka, during the expert discussion "Media and Democratic Standards in Wartime."

According to him, Russians establish TV channels and their own printed newspapers in the territories under their control, actively use Telegram channels, chats in Viber and other messengers.

"But local residents try to keep up with what is happening in the free part of Ukraine, in the world, because while you are under occupation, it is incredibly difficult to understand what is happening beyond your home. Sometimes, you can even learn more objective information about what is happening in your city from other sources that work in the controlled territory," the journalist stressed.

Oleh Baturyn emphasized that the occupiers limit access to information as much as they can. The main sources of information in the occupied territory are Telegram channels.

"Not websites. People don't even read Facebook. They enter through various VPNs, because the territory of Kherson oblast has long had Russian Internet with all the restrictions that Russian providers have," Baturyn stressed.

As reported by IMI, Oleh Baturyn is a journalist of the Novy Den newspaper. On March 12, he was kidnapped in Kakhovka. On March 20, he was released.

In June 2022, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky presented Oleh Baturyn with the Order of Merit III degree.

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