"Journalists detained in occupied Crimea have been included in the list of journalists imprisoned in Europe," Tomilenko said

Ukrainian News
Muarrir
31 December 2021, 19:36
Muarrir
31 December 2021, 19:36

On 30 December 2021, the European Federation of Journalists updated the list of journalists imprisoned in Europe. At the suggestion of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, the occupied status of Crimea is emphasized. Currently, three journalists are in prisons of occupied Crimea, including Radio Free Europe freelancer Vladyslav Yesypenko. This was announced by the head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine Serhiy Tomilenko on his Facebook account.

According to the EFJ, 95 journalists have been imprisoned, as of the end of 2021. The leaders in the number of prisoners are Belarus (32 media representatives) and Russia (22 media representatives). According to the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, for the first time, this number also includes all arrested Crimean Tatar citizen journalists (10 people) and Vladyslav Yesypenko. Only three journalists were included a year ago.

"This year, colleagues from the EFJ headquarters in Brussels have clearly accepted the journalistic status of 10 civilian journalists, who are being tried and held captive by Russia," Tomilenko said.

It is noted that the list was formed according to the place of the detention. According to the information obtained by the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine from human rights activists from the Crimean Solidarity movement, eight Crimean citizen journalists are currently being held in prisons in the Russian Federation (in Rostov-on-Don and Rostov region). These are Marlen Asanov, Osman Arifmemetov, Remzi Bekirov, Ruslan Suleymanov, Rustem Sheikhaliev, Server Mustafayev, Seyran Saliyev, Timur Ibragimov. Two civic journalists and Vladislav Yesipenko are being held in prisons of occupied Crimea. These are Asan Akhtemov and Amet Suleymanov, who is under house arrest due to his health condition.