OSCE Calls for Journalists’ Release
RFE/RL contributors Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halaziuk were among the very few independent journalists who worked and reported from the non-government controlled area of the Donetsk region
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Harlem Desir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media called for the immediate release of Ukrainian journalists Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halaziuk from their illegal detention in the occupied Donbas.
He urged OSCE members to increase pressure on all those involved in Aseyev’s and Halaziuk’s imprisonment.
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“Aseyev and Halaziuk were among the very few independent journalists who worked and reported from the non-government controlled area of Donetsk region. The silencing of independent journalists is a crime against the freedom of expression and it is unacceptable,” Desir said.
Ukrainian representative to the European Union Mykola Tochytskyi called on the EU to increase political pressure on Russia to release all of its illegally detained citizens.
“The Russian occupation regime is afraid of the truth and independent journalism,” he wrote on his Twitter page.
The self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” spread information on their websites about the “sentencing” of Aseyev to 15 years of prison.
The so-called “prosecutor’s office” convicted him of “espionage.”
Aseyev, who wrote under the pen name “Stanislav Vasin,” disappeared in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on June 2, 2017, and has been held in detention since by the separatists.
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