IN BRIEF: Ukraine (Crimea) as at 27/02/14

INSI is sharing the following information from Channel 4 News International Editor Lindsey Hilsum for news crews in the Crimea region.

She writes:

"Several teams roughed up in Crimea today. We were outside Crimean parliament in Simferopol filming when a woman came up and started shouting at us for being European. She then shouted to the crowd that we were 'provocateurs' and they went for our cameraman. He's Ok, but as we left the area, was kicked and punched and only narrowly kept the camera. Other teams have had similar experiences, I gather, so the message is: be very careful. Some people in the crowds are drunk and many are anti-European."

Please contact INSI if you have additional information regarding the safety of news crews covering events in Ukraine.

Note: The views here are those of the author and are personal reflections and safety advice. They are meant to assist journalists covering the Crimea region of Ukraine. INSI holds no responsibility for any ensuing problems as a result of this advice.

Photo: Pro-Russian demonstrators march with a huge Russian flag during a protest in front of a local government building in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)