WATCH Russian Forces Beating Up Reporters In Crimea
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Mar 8, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Telegraph: 15.30 So our Moscow correspondent Roland Oliphant, who has been in Crimea for us, told how journalists have been attacked in the region (see 09.07).

AFP have just put out the following update:

Ukraine’s Channel 5 television reported that its journalists were among several beaten by pro-Russian militants late Friday as they covered a confrontation at a Ukrainian air force base in Sevastopol.

The channel said journalists from the Inter and STB channels were also beaten at the base, where the militants reportedly smashed through the gates with a truck but eventually left.

An AFP reporter later saw five male journalists in hospital who had been severely beaten, their faces covered with blood, and who were being treated for head wounds.

Pro-Russian militia in Crimea have often been confrontational with Ukrainian and international journalists, whom they accuse of working for foreign powers against Moscow.

The Associated Press news agency said in a report Saturday that armed men in the Crimean capital Simferopol had seized equipment from one of its crews on Thursday.

It said the crew had been setting up a live camera position above a restaurant when they were approached by unarmed men who took photos of their equipment and “accused the crew of being spies”.