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Video: Russian takeover of Crimea extends to local media

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Video by Robert PARSONS , Sadek Abou HAMED , Jonathan WALSH

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-12

With Russian military forces in de facto control of Crimea, voices of dissent in the autonomous Ukrainian region have been nearly extinguished. FRANCE 24 spoke to some of the rare reporters in Crimea daring to voice a Ukrainian perspective.

“The 20 Ukrainian channels that used to broadcast to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea have all been cut off. Instead of the Ukrainian channels, there are now Russian ones,” said Aider Muradosilov, chief producer at broadcaster ATR, Crimea's main Tatar station.

The disappearance of Tatar- and Ukrainian-language channels is not the only problem in Crimea. Journalists face harassment, intimidation and even violence by pro-Russian groups.

Yevgeniy Onoprienko, a reporter for Kiev-based Inter TV, told FRANCE 24 that one of his colleagues was recovering in the hospital after a savage attack on his crew last week.

"They smashed his camera and beat him up. The crew tried to take him to a hospital but their car was then stopped... they thought they were going to die,” Onoprienko said.

To see FRANCE 24’s full video report from Crimea click on the player above.

RUSSIA’S RT NEWS STRUGGLES WITH CRIMEA COVERAGE

Date created : 2014-03-12

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