Dzhaparova: Civil Journalism in Crimea Needs Support of Ukrainian Press
On 26 April 2018, a press conference ‘The Application of Anti-Extremist Legislation in Crimea. Pressure on Civil Journalism’, organized by the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, was held at the press centre of the news agency Ukrinform.
“In 2014, the occupant’s first step was to switch off Ukrainian broadcasting in Crimea, to seize communication equipment, and to completely eliminate any manifestations of free press and freedom of speech. Now, propagandistic broadcasting, which instigates hatred to anything Ukrainian and presents a sort of parallel reality to the residents of the occupied peninsula, is being carried out on our frequencies, illegally reclaimed by Russia. And against the backdrop of this complete information isolation in which Crimeans are living, amid persistent repressions, searches and gross human rights abuse, civil journalism emerges,” the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, said.
She stressed that Crimean activists who assumed the functions of a civil journalist were not protected at all, they had no editorial support, legal assistance and even the official status of a journalist per se. Still, they play an incredibly important role by presenting an objective viewpoint of the events in occupied Crimea and highlighting the criminal activity of the repressive machinery.
“Our task, the task of Ukrainian press is to support them as our own colleagues and not to let the topic of Crimea out of the information agenda,” Ms Dzhaparova added.
Also, Emil Kurbedinov, a famous Crimean lawyer, Tamila Tasheva, coordinator at the Krym SOS civil initiative, and Anastasiia Martynovska, lawyer at the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Group, spoke at the press conference.
According to a recent monitoring by the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting, entertainment and information TV channels spare 2.2% of the airtime on the coverage of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions; information TV channels spare 8.4%. The topic of Crimea enjoys even less attention: 0.1% of the airtime of entertainment and information TV channels and 2.2% of information TV channels.
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