To date, Crimea is one of the worst territories in the world for the work of journalists, the head of the Center for Information on Human Rights Tatyana Pechonchik told in a comment to QHA correspondent.
“In fact, what we have observed over these years is that journalism was squeezed out of the Crimea. Many journalists have left, and those who stayed either had to abandon the profession, or were forced to resort to some form of censorship, or just stopped writing on political topics. There is simply no normal, critical, balanced information in the media sphere right now, and many online publications that continue to write about the Crimea from the mainland are blocked on the territory of the peninsula," Pechonchik said.
She noted that despite the fact that international journalists can work in the Crimea with their special permission from the Ukrainian side, the level of coverage of human right violations on the peninsula remains low in the world media.
“They [the journalists, - Ed.] can come to the Crimea and work there, but only if they come from the mainland territory of Ukraine, and receive special permission from the State Migration Service. We know such cases, and we consider it very important that the foreign media send their correspondents there, and they cover the repressions and massacres that are taking place there, and talk about it in their countries. But these are very rare cases, and we can say that now the Crimea has turned into an information ghetto. And its situation is not known in the rest of the world due to the lack own sources there,” the human rights activist stated.
She went on saying that the work of Ukrainian journalists in the Crimea is also associated with many risks, but it still possible.
“It is difficult for Ukrainian journalists to work in the Crimea, as it is connected with risks, however it is not impossible, and Ukrainian media went there several times. In my opinion, our journalists should go there. Families of people who have become political prisoners, people who are subjected to repression, harassment, fines and so on, they ask us to do it,” Pechonchik concluded.
Earlier, QHA reported that over three years after the occupation of the Crimea 44 cases of aggression against journalists have been recorded, which are still under investigation.