Armed Men in Crimea Confiscate AP Reporters’ Equipment
Yesterday, Russian solders beat and kicked reporters in Crimea.
It was caught on tape.
Today, armed men in Crimea confiscated equipment from AP reporters and detained them.
The AP reported:
Armed men in Crimea’s capital city have confiscated equipment from Associated Press employees and contractors working there.
AP’s Global Media Services, a division of the news cooperative that provides services to broadcasters, said a crew was setting up a satellite uplink for a live camera position above a Simferopol restaurant Thursday. They were approached by unarmed men who asked them to turn off their broadcast lights and prevented them from leaving the building.
Two other men then came and took photos of AP’s equipment, including protective jackets, and accused the crew of being spies.
Later, armed men showed up and ordered the crew to put their hands against the wall while they cut cables and took the equipment away. Some of the equipment has been recovered, but much is still missing. The contractors and employees were kept at the building for about two hours before being released unharmed.
Obvious that in recent days #Crimea has become more dangerous for journalists. Numerous reports of attacks, confiscation of equipment.
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) March 8, 2014