MIP Congratulates Ukrainian Journalist Mykola Semena, Convicted in Crimea, on His 68th Birthday
Today, on May 14th, the Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena, who was convicted by Crimea’s occupational ‘authorities’ on the grounds of ‘calls for violating the territorial integrity of Russia’, marks his 68th birthday.
The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine congratulates Mr Semena and wishes him good health and enthusiasm in his vigorous fight for the truth and freedom in occupied Crimea.
“Dear Mykola, I never cease admiring your nerve and firm view of life. You are a source of inspiration for millions of our fellow citizens. You are an example of a man who dared challenge the mischievous imperial system. A man who does not fear being free amid fierce repressions and total lack of freedom,” the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Yuriy Stets, noted in his greeting.
On 22 September 2017, the Kremlin-controlled Zaliznychnyi district court in Simferopol sentenced Mykola Semena, a Crimean journalist and contributor to “Radio Liberty” and “Crimea.Realities”. He was sentenced to two and a half years of conditional imprisonment with a trial period of three years and prohibited to hold public office. Later, the court mitigated the part of its judgement relating to the additional punishment: it shortened the period of the prohibition to hold public office from three years to two.
Earlier, on 21 December 2017, “A Crimean Report” (chronicles of the occupation of Crimea in 2014-2016), a book by Mykola Semena which was published with MIP’s support, was presented.
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