As of today, 12 journalists in occupied Crimea are in prison. This was stated by the chairman of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine Serhiy Tomilenko at the opening of the photo exhibition "Civic journalists are important!".
"Today, at least 12 journalists are in prison in Crimea, according to human rights activists. 10 of them are Crimean citizen journalists, one of our colleagues under house arrest is Amet Suleimanov," Tomilenko said.
He explained that after the detention of journalists in Crimea, the Ukrainian union passed information to the European and International Federation of Journalists.
"In fact, the Russian occupation authorities are immediately trying to turn journalists they detain into terrorists, extremists. And, accordingly, when they hang toxic labels on persecuted Ukrainians, it is difficult for international journalists to understand," he explained.
The head of the National Union of Journalists called for the immediate release of colleagues illegally detained for their journalistic activities in the occupied territories.