Russia intensifies jamming Ukrainian FM radio signal in occupied Crimea – rights group
Experts with the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) say Ukrainian FM radio signal jamming has intensified in Russian-occupied Crimea.
"In June, Ukrainian FM radio stations are available only in five out of 19 settlements," the CHRG said on its website on June 22, referring to own report on broadcast monitoring in the north of the peninsula.
Previous monitoring in March 2020 showed that nine Crimea settlements received signal of Ukrainian FM radio stations broadcast via transmitting towers installed in the villages of Chonhar and Chaplynka installed close to the de-facto border with the occupied peninsula.
The number of Ukrainian radio stations that could be accessed from across the peninsula has also decreased significantly.
Meanwhile, Russian FM stations broadcast over Ukrainian radio frequencies in 14 settlements.
In March, signal of a single Ukrainian radio station was available in four settlements. In June, it was already gone.
At the same time, simultaneous broadcasting of Ukrainian and Russian stations was recorded at some frequencies in 16 out of 19 monitored settlements. "This suggests a targeted jamming of Ukrainian FM broadcasting by Russian stations. In such a way, Crimean residents are being deprived of the opportunity to receive information about Ukraine and systemic human rights violations on the peninsula. The Kremlin-controlled Russian media conceal most of these facts," the CHRG added.