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International Association of Journalists of Turkic countries condemned the Ismet Yuksel’s ban on entry Crimea for 5 years.

Ismet Yuksel, General Director of the Crimean News Agency [QHA] and Mejlis adviser on relations with Turkey has been banned from entering Crimea for 5 years.

“Crimean journalists are in danger, the government blocks their work. Many Crimean journalists live in fear. Every journalist asserts his freedom for getting information, comments and critics in every situation. Covering the events journalist stands for respect for human values and different points of view, armed with principles of peace, democracy and human rights”- reads the statement.

 The association of journalists also called on international society, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Reporters without borders to respond to the situation of Crimean journalists.

“International Association of Journalists of Turkic countries condemns the actions against the association’s member Ismet Yuksel and calls on the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Reporters without borders to respond to the situation of Crimean journalists”- summed up in the statement.

To recall, Ismet Yuksel, General Director of the Crimean News Agency [QHA] and Mejlis adviser on relations with Turkey has been banned from entering Crimea for 5 years.

He is the third Crimean Tatar who was banned entry to Crimea after peninsula’s annexation by Russia.

Earlier Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Jemilev and head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov were banned from entering the region for 5 years. All of them were accused of extremism and inciting interethnic hatred.

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