Alina Lipp: The Journalist Who Faces Three Years Jail For Reporting On Eastern Ukraine
Alina Lipp, a German journalist, has warned that her reporting from Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region could land her a three-year prison sentence at home
The accusations against her are related to news coverage from her News from Russia Telegram channel, where she distributes information to its 175,000 subscribers in both German and Russian.
She indicated in an interview with the Readonka World website that she is the subject of criminal proceedings by the German federal government following receipt of a letter from the prosecutor’s office.
She faces up to three years in prison or a fine under article 140 of the constitution after the German government accuses her of supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“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.”
Ms. Lipp is a former Green Party representative who has spent the last six months living in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region.
She says she just films what she sees and doesn’t spread “fake information.”
Despite the accusations against her, she intends to carry on reporting from Donetsk, which she claimed was regularly attacked by the Ukrainian military.
In Ukraine, reporting is strictly prohibited, and those who go against the Kiev line do so at great personal risk.
Eva Bartlett, a Canadian journalist who has been covering the Donbass conflict, claims that her name has been added to a government kill list.
The Ukrainian army shot and killed the Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli in the country’s east in 2014.
Later, his photograph was discovered with the phrase “liquidated” scribbled over it in the Myrotvorets Center’s offices.