Emine Dzhaparova: "Russia is financing propaganda in Crimean Tatar language, which purpose is to discredit Ukraine"
10 April, at the news agency "UKRINFORM" held a press conference on the topic "the Crimean Tatar mass media: three years of resistance to the occupation" dedicated to the Day of the Crimean Tatar journalism, organized by the Ministry of information policy of Ukraine together with the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and the information Centre for human rights.
The First Deputy Minister of information policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, stated: "Tatar journalism has traditionally performed not only the informational function, but also a powerful educational function. People, who had been for decades deprived of the right to learn the mother language from the educational system, had studied it through magazines, newspapers and postcards. Today the Crimean Tartar media is repressed, but Russia is financing propaganda in the Crimean language, the purpose of which is to discredit Ukraine, the Ukrainian Mejlis and the leaders of the Crimean Tatars".
Tetyana Pechonchyk, the Chair of the Board the Human Rights Information Centre, said: "Over the past three years, since the occupation of the peninsula, our organization has recorded 460 cases of pressure on journalists, violations of freedom of speech and expression of citizens". She noted that one of the groups, that were most exposed to pressure and repression by the occupants on the territory of Crimea, was the Crimean Tatar mass media.
Member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the Director of the QHA news agency Gayana Yuksel during a press conference called "profane and a distortion of reality" the statements of the Russian authorities that more than 80 mass media in the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian languages broadcast in the Crimea. The conference participants concluded that the situation with the freedom of speech in Crimea now can be described as very bad.
Participants: Emine Dzhaparova - the First Deputy Minister of information policy of Ukraine; Tetyana Pechonchyk - the Chair of the Board the Human Rights Information Centre; Gayana Yuksel - member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the Director of the QHA news agency.
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