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Novorossiya TV reporter arrested in Ukraine

March 15, 2015, 13:05 UTC+3 KIEV
Against the reporter was opened a criminal case on participation in a terror organisation and on support for activities of a terror organisation
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KIEV, March 15. /TASS/. A cameraman working for the Novorossiya TV was arrested by the Security Service of Ukraine, aide to the authority’s head Markiyan Lubkivsky said on Sunday.

"The Security Service of Ukraine has detained cameraman of the Novorossiya TV television channel. He is a citizen of Ukraine, lived in the Khmelnitsk region, who last autumn went to Donetsk and employed as a cameraman with the Novorossiya TV. The plotter was detained on March 13 in the Khmelnitsk region, where he was spending his holidays," the official wrote on his page on Facebook.

He said against the reporter was opened a criminal case on participation in a terror organisation and on support for activities of a terror organisation.

The Reporters Without Borders organisation says the media freedom in Ukraine is lower than in Angola, Afghanistan, Tajikistan or Uganda. Ukraine is ranked 129th among 180.

Experts say Keiv has lately undertaken decisions which prove they want to have full control over the media and to control them.

The Security Service and prosecutors have initiated inspections against several television channels in Ukraine. The national council on television broadcast presented a warning to the Inter channel for demonstration of New Year programmes with Russian singers, in February it warned the News One television channel for a broadcast of an interview of former Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov.

Ukraine’s reporters Ruslan Kotsaba who spoke openly against the announced mobilisation was arrested in January, 2015 on charges of treason. Amnesty International has called on the Ukrainian authorities to release immediately the reporter.

The Moscow bureau on human rights reports attacks on Russian reporters - 88 representatives of the Russian media were sent out from Ukraine. On February 12, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) suspended accreditation of the Russian media to the state power bodies.

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