KYIV (QHA) -

The mass media, that were forced to leave the occupied Crimea, are currently in a difficult situation. However, the very existence of such media sources on the mainland Ukraine is an act of information and intellectual resistance to the aggressor, Director of the news agency "Crimean news" (QHA) Gayana Yuksel said during a two-day international forum "Crimea under occupation: Consequences for Ukraine and the world", hosted in Kyiv.

“All the attempts by the Crimean journalists to make the Crimean media operate in Ukraine is an act of information and intellectual resistance to the occupier who  forced us to leave our native peninsula,” she said.

Also a member of the Mejlis stressed that the Crimean media that are in the stage of formation after the move, improving their material and technical base and defining a new information policy, can not be treated with the usual requirements to all the Ukrainian media.

“Crimean media went through the pressure, and destruction of the material and technical base. Now these media are cut off from the habitat, and most importantly, from their target audience. They do not have direct access to coverage of events taking place on the peninsula ... It is necessary to take account of their situation. So, the government should not tell the newspaper "Krymska Svitlytsya" that it will not be supported due to a small print run!” Yuksel said.

On February 25-26, Kyiv hosts international forum "Crimea under occupation: Consequences for Ukraine and the world", which is timed to coincide with the third anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula and the Day of Crimean Resistance to Russian occupation.

QHA