Crimean Separatists Assault Journalists, Seizing their Professional Equipment
On 11.03.2014, at the Crimean border, an aggravated robbery was committed against the film crew of the “ТК SKY TG 24” Italian television channel. Similar cases have become common on the Crimean peninsula in parallel with the start of the occupation by Russian armed forces. Journalists are no longer allowed to enter Crimea, being robbed, beaten and even kidnapped – all in order to prevent their objective coverage of the true situation in the region.
The film crew of “ТК SKY TG 24”, consisting of 2 journalists - a fixer and a driver - were detained on Kherson-Armyansk checkpoint, right at the very border of Crimea. The very moment they attempted to start filming they were stopped, told not to film, asked to present a licence and/or accreditation for Crimea. Such requirements are not in line with Ukraine’s Law on Journalism, according to which, only the bodies of public authorities are empowered to demand the presentation of a licence by media representatives, and only in cases of gross violation of the journalists’ duties, as defined in Article 26 of Ukraine’s Law on Information.