Journalism group 'quietly' preserves Crimean news service's archives after armed incursion

Global Investigative Journalism Network

This weekend, the Global Investigative Journalism Network "quietly worked with the Archive-It service of the San Francisco-based Internet Archive to back up" the entire archives of the Crimean Center for Investigative Journalism. GIJN took the step, it says, after gunmen in masks took over the Crimean Center's headquarters.

A Russian soldier behind a Ukrainian Orthodox archbishop in the village of Perevalne, outside of Simferopol, Ukraine, on Sunday, March 2, 2014. . (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

After breaking a window and forcing their way through the front door, militia leader Konstantin Knyrik announced that the offices would now house crimea2representatives of "The Crimean Front,” because from “this building does not come true information."

"We do not need to escalate this," Knyrik told the journalists, according to the Crimean investigative center’s website. "All employees can come to work. We promise them, if their sponsors refuse to pay the salary, we will find them entrepreneurs. We will try to agree on the correct truthful coverage of events.”

Crimean Center staffers left and are still posting news, GIJN reports.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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