(QHA) -

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović expressed concern about the deteriorating media freedom situation in Crimea following the decision of Crimean authorities to ban General Coordinator of QHA News Agency Ismet Yuksel from entering the peninsula. 

On 9 August Yuksel, who is also a journalist of Turkish TRT channel was barred from entering Crimea for five years. No reason for the ban was presented.

“I call on those responsible in Crimea to stop intimidating members of the media and refrain from stifling critical voices, - Mijatović said. Such an arbitrary and restrictive measure cannot be tolerated as it affects the free flow of information and free media.”

Earlier this month Mijatović condemned the seizure of the property of the Chernomorskaya company, the largest independent broadcaster on the Crimean peninsula.

Note: The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. She provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and media freedom and promotes full compliance with OSCE media freedom commitments.