The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir announced the intention to visit the occupied Crimea to get familiar with the work of local media, according to the press office of the Ukrainian Presidential Office in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Desir expressed a desire to go to Crimea after a meeting with the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Boris Babin. During the meeting, the Permanent Representative informed the OSCE representative about the illegal use of the capacities of Ukraine's frequency resources for broadcasting radio and television propaganda of chauvinism, ultranationalism and hatred.
President's representative also focused on the ongoing repression in the occupied Crimea against activists-streamers and bloggers in social networks, as well as the displacement of all major Crimean Tatar media from the Crimea.
Harlem Desir assured Babin that the situation with freedom of speech in the Crimea is important for him. The OSCE representative expressed his desire to visit the Crimea as soon as possible, and also declared his readiness to study the issue of the Russian Federation broadcasting to the mainland Ukraine and to consider the possibility of helping the representatives of the Crimean Tatar media in organizing independent and impartial broadcasting