The only one Crimean Tatar channel—ATR—which is forced off air April 1, intends to find any other opportunities to operate in Crimea.

The owner of the channel, Russian businessman Lenur Islyamov told this during a press conference in ATR headquarters in Simferopol.

“It is what it is. We are trying to survive, do something, and trying to save. We have the satellite [television], internet, the laws, and the ways to broadcast”– Islyamov said.

ATR has been operating for 9 years. It has become extremely popular not just among Crimean Tatars, but among all the residents of Crimea, giving clear and objective information about the events and developments in the region, providing high-quality content to its viewers.

Independent Crimean Tatar-language media outlets – ATR and Lale channels, Meydan FM station, number of Crimean Tatar newspapers and news agencies, including the Crimean News Agency— will be shut down on 1 April as the midnight deadline expires for re-registration under a Russian law.

Despite submitting applications, Crimean Tatar media outlets that have been arbitrarily refused re-registration or not heard back from the licencing authorities, will be forced to close. Failure to do so will lead to heavy fines and criminal prosecutions.