German independent journalist Alina Lipp has been defying mainstream media by bravely reporting from Ukraine’s Donbass region. Now the reporter, who has been based in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region for six months, is facing three years in prison in her home country for her “crimes.”
So much for freedom of speech in the liberal Western world.
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The charges against Ms Lipp relate to her coverage of the war in Ukraine from her News from Russia Telegram channel. While mainstream media coverage of the war is concocted in offices in major world cities, Lipp has been sharing real information from the front lines of the war with 175,000 subscribers in both German and Russian.
It seems breaking real news from the front is not in the interests of the global elite that run the Western world. Truth has become a crime.
In an interview with the Readonka World website, Ms Lipp explained that she is subject to criminal proceedings by the German federal government after receiving a letter from the prosecutor’s office.
Ms Lipp is accused by the German authorities of supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine and faces three years in prison under article 140 of the constitution and a monetary fine.
“The letter says that, for example, I say in my Telegram channel that the population of Donbass supports the fact that Russia has launched a special operation.
“I also said that for several years Ukrainians have been killing civilians in the Donbass, and that this is genocide.
“And it turns out to be a crime for Germany, so they took 1,600 euro from my bank account and didn’t even tell me about it,” Ms Lipp said.
German authorities also closed down her father’s bank account without warning, she claimed.
It’s called “financial asphyxiation” and the elites also used this technique against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for years.
Ms Lipp says she just films what she sees and doesn’t spread “fake information.”
MSOnline report: Despite the charges against her, she plans to continue reporting from Donetsk, which she said is being shelled daily by the Ukrainian armed forces.
Reporting in Ukraine is tightly restricted and those who deviate from the Kiev line do so at serious risk to their safety.
Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett, who has also been reporting from the Donbass region, says she has been placed on a government kill list.
In 2014 Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli was shot dead by Ukrainian soldiers in the east of the country.
His photograph was later found in the offices of the Myrotvorets Centre with the word “liquidated” written over it.