KYIV (QHA) -

As a result of Russian occupation, Crimea has turned into an informational ghetto, as the Crimean "authorities" obstruct the work of the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian media which do not support the Kremlin regime. Director of the QHA news agency and Hayat Radio, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Gayana Yuksel made a corresponding statement at a conference "Crimea. Annexation and lawlessness or the beginning of the end of the empire" which was devoted to the International Human Rights Day and held today in Kyiv, according to QHA correspondent.

“Following the Russian occupation, Crimea has become an informational ghetto. During the annexation about 500 cases of human rights violations were recorded, as well as a ban on the work of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar mass media. Therefore, the strategy presented by the Ministry of Information Policy is very important. In addition, this document is essential from a practical point of view. We must maintain an informational connection with the Crimea, which is quite a difficult task. Kyiv has its own sources of information – these are activists, lawyers and civilian journalists. Human rights organizations in their monitoring reports also publicise the information on persecution on the peninsula,” Yuksel noted.

She emphasized that Ukrainian journalists should contact the Crimean ones in order to properly cover the events taking place in the occupied Crimea now.

“We need the support of the Crimean media, as well as coordination between the Ukrainian and Crimean mass media. For example, in the so-called "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case it is necessary to indicate that this is a fabricated criminal case, it is necessary to emphasize the fact that people involved in it are allegedly participants of an allegedly terrorist organization," Gayana Yuksel said.

According to Gayana Yuksel, it is essential for Ukraine not only to maintain ties with the Crimea, but also to take concrete gestures towards the indigenous peoples of the peninsula who supported the Ukrainian government during the Russian occupation. Therefore, the Crimean Tatars are looking forward to Ukraine's recognition of the status of the Crimean Tatar Autonomous Republic.

QHA