Crimean Authorities Impose Censorship in Connection with Dzhemilev and Mejlis

Crimean Tatar editorial staff of the State Television and Radio Company (STRC) Krym (Crimea) were verbally ordered to “stop showing” the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, as well as Mejlis members, an informed source at the STRC confirmed in a statement to Ukrainska Pravda. According to the report, Crimea’s new “authorities” have decided to use sanctions against the Crimean Tatar leader, and attempted to impose censorship in connection with reporting on the Mejlis activities. Continue reading


Does Taking Russian TV off the Air in Ukraine Qualify as Censorship?

By Iryna Chulivska (Institute for Mass Information) for Ukrainska Pravda, March 24, 2014


Photo caption: Dmitry Kiselev: “Veterans are burned alive during the Liberation Day in Kherson.”

Working for a journalist human rights organization, I frequently have to face the facts of censorship. We collect data on instances of censorship and talk with journalists who fell victim to it, so we decided, instead of keeping quiet, to track this phenomenon by monitoring mass media. Thus, my familiarity with censorship extends beyond reading Wikipedia.

When talks emerged about the possibility of taking Russian TV channels off the air on the territory of Ukraine, some Western politicians took this as censorship. If one does not look any further, it may indeed appear, at first glance, that such a step amounts to encroachment on the freedom of speech.

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Kyiv University offers post to fired Russian historian

The Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv has offered a position to Andrey Zubov, the Russian professor who had been fired for criticizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Kyiv National University announced on its Facebook page on March 4.

“On behalf of the University Administration, we are issuing an invitation to Professor Andrey Zubov, professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), for the position of professor at the Institute of International Relations (at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) — a partner of MGIMO. We look forward to seeing in our ranks this outstanding historian and scholar and honest human being,” the Kyiv University announcement states. Continue reading

Як можна отримати доступ до Інтернету у разі введення цензури

Привіт, Україно!
Трохи ІТ-підтримки від далекої Данії. Нижче я ознайомлю вас із інструментамі , які можуть допомогти у доступі до Інтернету у разі часткового блокування або цензури. Вони були винайдені у Китаї, але якщо Янукович коїть щось подібне, немає ніяких причин, чому б їм також саме добре не спрацювати в Україні.
Я наполягаю на тому, щоб ви встановили їх СЬОГОДНІ, бо після того, як блок увімкнеться, їх буде набагато складніще отримати.

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How to possibly access internet in case of introduction of censorship

Hi Ukraine

A bit of IT support from far-away Denmark. Below I am introducing tools that may aid in accessing the internet in case of a partial block or censorship. They were made for China, but if Yanukovich is trying something similar, there is no reason they should not also work well in Ukraine.

I urge you to install them today, as they may be hard to get once the blocking is on.

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