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Russia Cracks Down on Media Freedom in Ukraine (whodathunkit?)
Heritage ^ | March 21, 2014 | Havilah Steinman

Posted on 03/21/2014 9:44:01 AM PDT by 1rudeboy

Ukrainians rallied in the streets of Kiev to topple their former leader. Now they are facing a new threat: Russian attacks on Ukrainian media outlets.

A new video released by CCTV news shows a Bulgarian journalist and other reporters being held at gunpoint by a masked assailant. The video of the attack, which occurred on March 6 on the streets of Simferopol, in the Crimea region, has now gone viral.

After the incident, the same Bulgarian journalist said, “It’s a war situation here, almost. There is no law currently. The people who are doing this are obviously not following any laws.”

Recent threats to media have coincided with the March 16 referendum on the succession of Crimea from Ukraine. Fox News reported, “More than 95 percent of Crimea voters, who are largely ethnic Russians, approved splitting off and joining Russia, with more than 50 percent of the ballots being counted, the referendum committee said late Sunday.”

The White House and other European countries rejected the referendum and imposed economic sanctions on Russia.

Meanwhile, on March 17, Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea as a sovereign state.

According to The Huffington Post, on March 3, Black Sea TV, Crimea’s only independent channel, was shut down. Oleksandra Kvitko, the channel’s head editor, said a Crimean governing body made the decision based on threats the journalists received.

On March 17, International Media Support, an organization that works to promote free media in countries facing conflict, wrote:

Several media outlets, including the state TV and radio broadcasting company Krym and the Center for Investigative Journalism in Simferopol were seized by armed men in early March 2014, and a dozen media representatives have been beaten up in early March. On 9 March, two groups of journalists from the Glavkom and Ukrainskyy Tyzhden news portals were detained and some of them kidnapped by unidentified men in military uniform at a checkpoint near Armyansk in northern Crimea. According to MLI, they were mistreated and released two days later.

In a public address, Oleksandra V. Turchynov, the acting president of Ukraine, declared, “This is the red alert. This not a threat. This is actually the declaration of war to my country. We are on the brink of a disaster.”

In addition, Reuters reported from Moscow that President Vladimir Putin, now in his third term, oversaw the passage of a new law on March 13 that blocks the Internet sites of popular Kremlin political opponents Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov—a move designed to silence dissent.

As Heritage policy expert Nile Gardiner wrote on The Foundry, “Crimeans went to the polls under conditions of occupation and massive intimidation, with dissenting voices ruthlessly suppressed, Ukrainian media shut down, foreign journalists beaten on the streets, and international observers barred from the region.”



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Russia
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1 posted on 03/21/2014 9:44:01 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Putins going to give Zero a lesson.


2 posted on 03/21/2014 9:47:42 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mountn man

Zero’s takin’ notes.


3 posted on 03/21/2014 9:48:44 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: mountn man
What's going to happen?

Only propaganda pictures of Putin? Reporters won't be allowed to travel with Putin's wife? Reporters forced to give Putin's press guy questions ahead of time? I give up - how bad will it be?

Or maybe their version of Nightline won't cover the invasion for over a hundred days...

4 posted on 03/21/2014 9:51:21 AM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: 1rudeboy

I think Putin took notes from Zero.


5 posted on 03/21/2014 9:53:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mountn man
Putins going to give Zero a lesson.

He got the idea from Obama's example to begin with.


6 posted on 03/21/2014 9:53:29 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: Iron Munro

Zero’s a piker compared to Putin.


7 posted on 03/21/2014 9:57:41 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: 1rudeboy

I make Putin buy the Station and pay me well, but I'll bend over for Obama for free!

8 posted on 03/21/2014 10:00:34 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: dfwgator
I think Putin took notes from Zero.

REALLY????????????

Two staged photo's
Which one paints a better image?


9 posted on 03/21/2014 10:03:08 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: 1rudeboy

When did Russia pay violent firebomb throwers to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine and install its own coup government? Oh, it was the Obama/EU/Soros that did that. So how can Russia control the media inside Ukraine? What evidence does this “new article” present to backup such a claim.


10 posted on 03/21/2014 10:03:46 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: mountn man

¿Quién es más macho?


11 posted on 03/21/2014 10:04:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GOPJ

Ok, I guess Russia gets a pass, then. Control of media by the state is just fine. You heard it here first.


12 posted on 03/21/2014 10:04:30 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Most countries have press restrictions....What are we going to do about it?

Let’s fix our own messes first.


13 posted on 03/21/2014 10:05:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I simply think it’s a silly argument to make, on a website that was created in part to document bias in the media, that bias in the media gets a pass.


14 posted on 03/21/2014 10:12:55 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Iron Munro

Russia danced with Georgia before Zero was in office.


15 posted on 03/21/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mountn man

Putin has very sexy man boobs. Not that I am into dudes.


16 posted on 03/21/2014 10:15:06 AM PDT by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: 1rudeboy

Putin is well versed in the Chicago way.


17 posted on 03/21/2014 10:19:15 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: 1rudeboy

Putin is using communist/socialist tactics ro run a capitalist war. Control over the distibution of oil and natural gas. Foreign naval and air bases in Cuba, Venezuela,Mediteranean, asia, to threaten those supply lines. Of US gas and oil to their markets in Europe and Asia. Putin even has “stoups” like Ron Paul working for him spreading propagada working the imperialist american or the isolationist angle posting his talking points on these pages.


18 posted on 03/21/2014 10:21:12 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Mi-kha-el

Putin has very sexy man boobs. Not that I am into dudes.


All those over the top public displays of masculinity from Putin are a sure sign of a self loathing homo. You see that type of sissy prancing in all the gay day parades.


19 posted on 03/21/2014 10:21:54 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: lodi90

He has a Napoleon complex but none of Napoleon genius.


20 posted on 03/21/2014 10:24:47 AM PDT by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: mountn man

One looks like something from a gay calendar, the other looks like a loser on a bike.


21 posted on 03/21/2014 10:24:52 AM PDT by Natufian (t)
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To: 1rudeboy

There’re plenty so-called conservatives here who have a hankering for ‘butch’ government.


22 posted on 03/21/2014 10:28:45 AM PDT by Natufian (t)
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To: 1rudeboy

That is why “Outernet” will become more popular as time goes on. It will the dictators.


23 posted on 03/21/2014 10:32:53 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: 1rudeboy
a Bulgarian journalist and other reporters being held at gunpoint by a masked assailant.

Could have been the Lone Ranger. I smell a Wag The Dog movie in the making.

24 posted on 03/21/2014 10:35:48 AM PDT by McGruff (They say the first casualty of war is truth)
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To: Natufian

No we, have a hankering for minding our own business instead of worrying about what countries halfway across the globe are doing.


25 posted on 03/21/2014 10:39:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 1rudeboy
Most countries in the world don't have a free press.

We both know that... but still, I'm with you rudeboy. I feel every country should have a free press, democracy and the rule of law. That's a given. But first we need to get our own house in order...

Saying the words of freedom are fine but what do we offer other countries? Is there a free press in Afghanistan? With all the money and blood poured into that hellhole, nothing has changed. Same with Iraq. Same with every place we've been in the last 20 years...

There's no wisdom in our State Department. That's a problem. Yes, the people of the world want to come here to the US - because the American people have fought to keep American free... but those same people do NOT want America coming to them - either in the form or military or cash. We don't know what we're doing... Liberal elites run the overseas shows and it's a horror.

If we went into Ukraine what would happen? Kerry would be pushing ‘global warming’ and ‘gay marriage’. You know that... Let's get our own house back in order... Right now - we have very little to offer the world.

26 posted on 03/21/2014 10:42:43 AM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: 1rudeboy; dfwgator
Most countries in the world don't have a free press.

We both know that... but still, I'm with you rudeboy. I feel every country should have a free press, democracy and the rule of law. That's a given. But first we need to get our own house in order...

Saying the words of freedom are fine but what do we offer other countries? Is there a free press in Afghanistan? With all the money and blood poured into that hellhole, nothing has changed. Same with Iraq. Same with every place we've been in the last 20 years...

There's no wisdom in our State Department. That's a problem. Yes, the people of the world want to come here to the US - because the American people have fought to keep American free... but those same people do NOT want America coming to them - either in the form or military or cash. We don't know what we're doing... Liberal elites run the overseas shows and it's a horror.

If we went into Ukraine what would happen? Kerry would be pushing ‘global warming’ and ‘gay marriage’. You know that... Let's get our own house back in order... Right now - we have very little to offer the world.

27 posted on 03/21/2014 10:43:38 AM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

Ukraine has banned Russian TV stations (the most popular in Ukraine). Not mentioned in this article. I wonder why?


28 posted on 03/21/2014 10:46:18 AM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Just like the press didn’t mention the Muslim Kosovars were slaughtering Serbs.


29 posted on 03/21/2014 10:47:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: McGruff
Could have been the Lone Ranger. I smell a Wag The Dog movie in the making.

You "smell" a wag the dog scenario.

You're not being objective.

30 posted on 03/21/2014 10:49:29 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: 1rudeboy
I simply think it’s a silly argument to make, on a website that was created in part to document bias in the media, that bias in the media gets a pass.

People like bias when they agree with it. People like a restricted press when it shuts down voices they disagree with. Then they wonder what happened.

31 posted on 03/21/2014 10:52:06 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: FreeReign
You're not being objective.

How ironic. Coming from you.

32 posted on 03/21/2014 10:55:06 AM PDT by McGruff (They say the first casualty of war is truth)
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To: 1rudeboy

But they’re still allowing MSNBC and the New York Times. :)


33 posted on 03/21/2014 11:11:58 AM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

George Soros.


34 posted on 03/21/2014 11:30:40 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
This can't be! Ukraine is run by Nazis! Did you hear me? NAZIS!!!!! Putin is freeing Ukraine from fascism... at least that what Paul Craig Roberts, Lew Rockwell and other similarly deranged jackasses have claimed.

Obama is a villain and an enemy of America, but these idiots who claim that America is always at fault are traitors as well.

35 posted on 03/21/2014 11:36:23 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: dfwgator

Your hankering for minding your own business always manifests itself in hoping Putin can use communist tactics to suppress another nation. So why, if you’re just a parochial partisan, are you so interest in promoting Putinism?


36 posted on 03/21/2014 11:38:18 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: Dr. Thorne
This can't be! Ukraine is run by Nazis! Did you hear me? NAZIS!!!!! Putin is freeing Ukraine from fascism....

That's not true. There are no Nazis in Ukraine. If you report on them, you lose your job!

'Independent' Russian News Site Has Editor Replaced by the Kremlin

The first step to controlling any nation is controlling the media, which is why Russia is cracking down on its "independent" journalists in the wake of its non-invasion invasion of Crimea. Galina Timchenko, the editor of popular online news site Lenta.ru was replaced with a pro-Kremlin editor after the site posted a story on the Ukraine's Right Sector far-right movement.

There's no official word on how many staff members quit in protest, but every staff member signed a statement protesting what they consider direct censorship by the Kremlin, and the entire site appears to be on hiatus, if not shuttered entirely. According to The Moscow Times the staff took this as "a pretext to shut the agency down." The new editor, according to Agence France-Presse Moscow correspondent Maria Antonova, was formerly "editor of Vzglyad, a pro-Kremlin website now busy promoting an anti-NATO video game 'Maidan.'"

See?
37 posted on 03/21/2014 11:49:01 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

And for all of those Putin suck ups out there.... this is what communism looks like


38 posted on 03/21/2014 12:12:48 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: dfwgator

Facil. El ruso.


39 posted on 03/21/2014 12:35:41 PM PDT by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: ArmyTeach

Putin o Yack Lord?


40 posted on 03/21/2014 12:37:06 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 1rudeboy

The really sad news is that America would be better off if Putin and Obama traded places.


41 posted on 03/21/2014 1:14:36 PM PDT by soycd
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To: soycd

Yup. Low information voters, everywhere.


42 posted on 03/21/2014 2:24:47 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Russian TV stations and news papers are Kremlin controlled. And if they aren’t, they either will be or are being closed down by Putin, or its editors are currently being beaten by masked men, as is known to happen.


43 posted on 03/21/2014 3:00:45 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: 1rudeboy

This makes me thankful we have “the most transparent administration in history”. -Barack Obama 02/13/2014


44 posted on 03/21/2014 3:56:36 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: 1rudeboy

Of course our own Enemy-of-Freedom media, needs no coercion at all to cover up for our massively corrupt government, and assist it in oppressing the people. They do so willingly. Then they laughingly refer to themselves as “journalists”.


45 posted on 03/21/2014 4:18:53 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Nuclear isotopes in your Black Sea clam chowder...I hate it when that hadppens. How is a news anchor suppose to give a report with festering pustulatals all over their face?

(I apologize if your eating...sorry.)


46 posted on 03/21/2014 4:30:24 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

“So how can Russia control the media inside Ukraine? What evidence does this “new article” present to backup such a claim.”

Russia is a dictatorship with no freedom of speech. It has just shut down several opposition blogs, and forced the last neutral TV stations to put Kremlin puppets at the helm. Kremlin pays good money to buy up media and forge opinion in what it sees as its satellite states.


47 posted on 03/21/2014 6:20:52 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: 1rudeboy

So, I guess Putin will put monitors in all of the news rooms. Oh, wait! That was obama’s plan.


48 posted on 03/22/2014 12:51:05 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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