A support action to take place in Kyiv, at Maidan Nezalezhnosti square, at 13:30 (local time) to support Crimean Tatar media, in particular the only Crimea Tatar ATR channel, Crimean Tatar channel for children Lale, Crimean Tatar FM station Meydan, a newspaper Avdet, children’s magazine Armanchiq and the Crimean News agency.

The action is arranged by Kyiv department of Crimean Tatar Youth Centre, “Crimea-SOS” NGO, and the Committee on Crimean Tatar Rights Protection.

“All those who care about Crimean Tatar media, native speakers, bearers of culture, history, religion of Crimean Tatar people are invited at 13:30”- reads the invitation.

Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor has three times denied ATR the license to operate in Crimea. Crimean Tatar channel for children LALE as well as Crimean Tatar only radio station Meydan, may also be forced off the air unless they got the license till April 1.

ATR has appealed to Russian politicians, including to the President Vladimir Putin to ensure that the channel is not driven out of Crimea, while Crimean head Sergey Aksyonov openly stated last week that those who “incite conflict” and give people hope that Crimea will be back to Ukraine would not operate in the region.

It should be noted that Crimean News Agency has already been denied a license to operate in Crimea.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has come out in defense of Crimean Tatar media and expressed “alarm at the deteriorating media climate in Crimea”.