Emine Dzheppar: Raising global awareness of Crimean Tatars' problems is crucial

In an interview with QHA, Emine Dzheppar, who has recently been appointed Adviser to Information Policy Minister, talked about her plans in the new position.

29 October 2015 15:00

– You will be responsible for information policy towards Crimea. What are your plans for the nearest future? What is going to be done to increase effectiveness of information policy towards Crimea?

- We are planning to do all kinds of things. Surely, it would be a good idea if I simply went on doing what my colleagues did in this position. My job will be pretty much the same and consist in keeping the media focus on Crimea. Let everybody in and out of Crimea, no matter how far they are from it, keep in mind that Crimea is part of Ukraine. There are plenty of ways to do that ranging from public campaigns to producing information products. I would want to draw on all the experience that I have, including my stint at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and journalist career, to do that. I would like to increase geographic coverage of the campaigns undertaken by the Information Policy Ministry by making them more global. We are now working with the Estonians, for example. Together with the Estonian Human Rights Institute, a leading authority on human rights, and the Service of Adviser to Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatar Affairs, we launched a project in September aimed at increasing awareness about Crimean Tatars at the UN and the EU. We will also be launching projects in the capitals of other European nations. We will soon sign a Memorandum on Cooperation with the Estonian Human Rights Institute and continue with our social campaigns, such as ‘Crimea is Part of Ukraine’, ‘May 18 – We are All Crimean Tatars’ and ‘Two Flags – United Country’.

- What media projects, including national ones, are you planning to launch?

 - At the moment, we are considering launching a Crimean Tatar media outlet operating on the basis of the multimedia foreign broadcasting platform the Information Policy Ministry launched on October 1. We are also planning on launching a Crimean Tatar TV and Radio Broadcasting Company which will be broadcasting in the Crimean Tatar language. But I would like to discuss the subject at the time the projects have already got under way and not at the time they are only being conceived.

- Will the Ministry be keeping in touch with Crimean Tatar medias operating in occupied Crimea or in exile?

- It is worth mentioning that occupation authorities in Crimea are keeping Crimean Tatar medias under close surveillance, because they are not at all interested in independent media outlets. I am positive that all their attempts to lure Crimean Tatar viewers from ATR TV Channel to KOT TV Channel will eventually fail. ATR is back on air, and so are Radio Crimea and Realii radio station which is now available in Crimea.  Our next goal is to launch Radio Meidan. QHA (Crimean News) and Крым.Реалии websites, providing objective coverage for residents of Crimea, are enjoying high readership.

However, things are quite different if we talk about Crimean Tatar medias which are barely surviving in occupied Crimea.  Being affiliated with any official entities in Kiev may prove to be dangerous for them, because their very existence maybe at stake. Therefore, they are forced to operate in a stand-by mode. Given that, we should very careful looking for ways of our cooperation. The topmost priority for Crimean Tatar medias in occupied Crimea now is to simply survive.