(QHA) -

Investigative actions in the headquarters of Crimean Tatar ATR Channel were conducted according to the law, in the frameworks of the criminal case launched against the channel, Crimean Prosecutor General Natalia Poklonskaya announced.

The announcement comes a day after masked armed men raided the headquarters of ATR Channel in Simferopol, reportedly searching for video material related to Feb 26 events, when thousand of Crimean Tatars held a peaceful rally at the building of then Crimean Parliament, showing their support for Ukraine.

Poklonskaya stressed that Crimean Prosecutor Office has warned the directorate of the channel “against violation of law on extremist activity”.

Security forces raided independent Crimean television station ATR on Monday Jan 26, seizing equipment and telling employees they were looking for archival footage of a pro-Ukrainian rally last year, station officials said.

The OSCE, Committee to Protect Journalists and other organizations condemned the raid.

ATR was established as the first-ever channel dedicated to the Crimean Tatars. Most Ukrainian or independent media outlets were shut down or left the peninsula after Crimea's unification with Russia.

 

 

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