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 U.S. calls on Russia to release detained journalists in Crimea

The U.S. has called the Russian occupational authorities in Crimea to immediately release detained journalists and halt raids on media organizations in the peninsula.

This was announced by U.S. Embassy Spokesperson Jonathan Lalley, Censor.NET informs.

"The United States strongly condemns the detention of journalists and raids on at least five offices of media outlets in Crimea by Russia's security service. We understand at least one journalist was detained for allegedly speaking out against Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of this Ukrainian territory. We call for the immediate release of these journalists and a halt to raids on media organizations by Russian occupation authorities," Lalley said.

The spokesperson also stressed that the United States remains deeply concerned about increasing restrictions on independent media and civil society in Crimea.

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"These actions are further examples of the Russian government's growing crackdown on independent voices in Russia and Russia-occupied Crimea," Lalley said.

As reported earlier, Crimea journalist Mykola Semena was detained and subsequently released on his own recognizance. His apartment had been searched. OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović expressed concerns on the matter.
 
 
 
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