MIP: In Controlled ATO Area, Ukrainian Broadcasters Stable Signal Ensured
On 29 September 2017, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova participated in an event titled “First Steps in Establishing Peace. Forming Peace Processes in Eastern Ukraine by Political and Diplomatic Means”, which organized by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
In the course of the discussion, Emine Dzhaparova spoke about violations of freedom of speech in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and particular areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
“The occupational ‘authorities’ of the Russian Federation imposes prohibition on freedom of thought, speech and expression, carries out acts to intimidate journalists and impede by any means their professional activity, as well as other fundamental human rights and freedoms.
“In Crimea and Donbas, Ukrainian TV channels have been switched off, and illegal broadcasting of local TV and radio organizations and Roskomnadzor’s licencees has been ensured. 60 Ukrainian websites have been blocked in Crimea, and 113 in Donbas,” saud Dzhaparova.
She also stressed that since 2015 the Ministry has been working on the implementation of state information policy which would consolidate Ukrainian society and further the peaceful resolution of the military conflict in Donbas.
“To this end, one of our tasks is restoring and developing broadcasting in Eastern Ukraine. As of now, we have managed to ensure the stable signal of Ukrainian broadcasters in the government-controlled territories, the newspaper Donbass Inform is being published and circulated for free in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
“This is an effective product for residents of eastern regions living on both sides of the line of demarcation. The content includes news and explanatory information, say, on new rules of crossing the administrative border, on social payments, on access to education, and so on,” she noted.
Please be advised that the event was attended by participants of the Minsk negotiation process, international and Ukrainian experts, members of civil organizations, and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the General Staff, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Office of the Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, including: Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine; Iryna Herashchenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; Hryhorii Nemyria, Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations; Heorhii Tuka, Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons; Ihor Lapin, First Deputy Chairman of the Special Controlling Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Privatization, Ukraine’s MP; Serhii Taruta, Co-chairman of the inter-factional deputy assembly All-Ukrainian Dialogue, Ukraine’s MP; Noel Calhoun, Deputy UNHCR Representative in Ukraine.
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