Media in Russian-Occupied Donbass Increasingly Like Those of North Korea, Study Finds
September 24 – Ukrainians living in the Russian-occupied Donbass and those
living in the rest of Ukraine exist in “two parallel realities” because the
media in the Russian-controlled areas increasingly resembles those in North
Korea while the media in the rest of Ukraine often fails to live up to the
highest standards of journalism.
the Russian occupation, the survey found, the pro-Moscow authorities closed all
but two of the local newspapers, forced them to hew an anti-Ukrainian line,
blocked the majority of Ukrainian Internet sites, and created conditions in
which journalists either fled to Ukraine or sought other kinds of work.
only “alternative sources” to what are mouthpieces for the official line are
social networks and reports by those travelling to and from the rest of
the Russian intervention, the pro-Moscow powers that be have arrested 62
journalists, most in the first months of their rule, although harassment and
arrests of journalists have continued, and thus the survey concludes that now, “Ukrainian
journalists can work in Luhansk only underground.”
pro-Ukrainian local journalists left two years ago, not only because of their
convictions but because life in Luhansk had become unbearable for more general
reasons.Most pro-Ukrainian internet
sites are blocked, although a few providers have ignored the orders of the
pro-Moscow authorities, Apostrophe says.
remaining local media provide useful materials on non-political subjects, like
sports and cultural activities; but the outlets can do so only by avoiding
political issues entirely or carrying pro-Moscow stories attacking Ukraine.
That is the price of doing business under the occupation.
Russian controlled and the Ukrainian controlled areas of the Donbass live as a
result “in parallel realities.”They are
checked and linked together only by the reports of those who travel back and
forth between them. Unfortunately, the Apostrophe report says, those on the
Ukrainian side aren’t always performing according to the highest journalistic
outlets are highly selective in what they report about Russian-occupied areas, choosing
only those stories which will show those regions “in a comic or stupid form.”While this may be understandable given the
Russian invasion, it really doesn’t help matters, Apostrophe concludes.