In Kyiv the role of video in the dissemination of information about Crimea was discussed

August 29, 2022

On Monday, August 29, at the Ukrinform news agency, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center held a press conference as part of the #LIBERATECRIMEA information campaign: Video content as an important tool for disseminating information about Crimea.

Speakers were:

Eskender Bariiev – Chairman of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Chairman of the Department for Legal and Foreign Affairs of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people;

Taras Topolia – leader of the Antytila group;

Tetyana Podvorniak – Communication Manager of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center;

Denys Savchuk – a participant in the My Crimea contest.

“In the modern world, the most effective tool for drawing attention to something is precisely visual products. People are always attracted by bright and beautiful pictures. That is why the Crimean Tatar Resource Center has been paying great attention to the visual component of our work for more than seven years. Our organization is always associated with interesting posters, commercials and even films about the situation in Crimea,- said Podvorniak.

According to Tetyana, the CTRC decided to create a professional video with the involvement of well-known Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, as well as to launch an amateur video contest My Crimea, in which residents of Ukraine could take part, regardless of age, gender, field of activity.

Eskender Bariiev spoke in detail about the creation of an informational video about Crimea, in which famous Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars took part: Taras Topolia, Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, Jamala, Akhtem Seitablaiev and Sevhil Musaieva.

“Today we need to fight not only at the front, but also in the information space. Therefore, the CTRC systematically conducts various information and advocacy campaigns, creates various films, videos, posters to disseminate information about the situation in Crimea. This time we decided to create a video with the involvement of famous Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in order to draw even more attention of ordinary Ukrainians to Crimea”,- he explained.

Taras Topolia, who took part in the filming of the CTRC video, noted that it was a great honor for him to stand next to the Crimean Tatars, with the Ukrainians in their struggle for their own future. He believes that the state of Ukraine at the level of the highest political leadership and the legislative body should continue to strengthen the work on the adoption and establishment of certain legislative norms on domestic policy towards the Crimean Tatars.

“We need to hear, understand and feel them more. I strongly believe that one day the moment will come, and there will be Crimean Tatar territorial autonomy in Ukraine. I also support the draft law on the rights of indigenous peoples and I am confident that together we can strengthen our state and achieve a common goal – victory”,- he stressed.

The leader of the Antytila band added that Ukraine, as a full-fledged subject of world politics, will only be established and established in Crimea. When we return it to Ukraine, only then will it be possible to say that we have achieved our goals for this war.

Tetiana Podvorniak spoke in more detail about the My Crimea amateur video contest, about its goals and the mechanics of its implementation.

“Through this initiative, we wanted to once again remind Ukrainians about Crimea, that it is important to talk about it constantly. We are very glad that we received a number of works, the authors of which were both adults and children. Each participant expressed their experiences, their feelings and talked about their dreams – to return to the Crimea”, she explained.

Denys Savchuk, a participant in the My Crimea contest, also joined the event and thanked the organizers for such an initiative, because, in his opinion, it is such contests that help in the information struggle for Crimea.

“Every Ukrainian must fight for the territorial integrity of Ukraine. At least in words, expressing your opinion. For example, at the age of 14 I created a video in order to acquaint everyone with the nature of Crimea and remind once again that Crimea is Ukraine”,- he said.

At the end of the event, the Head of the Board of the CTRC Eskender Bariiev announced the results of the amateur video contest My Crimea and presented the participants with gifts.

1st place – Anna Savenko (video)

2nd place – Alina Omelianuk (video)

3rd place – Denys Savchuk (video)

In addition, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center presented a T-shirt with visual products of the organization to Taras Topolia, who, since the beginning of a full-scale war and since 2014, continues his fight for our country on two fronts: both on the front line and in the information space.

We remind you that earlier the Crimean Tatar Resource Center presented a new information campaign #LIBERATECRIMEA, which is designed to raise the level of awareness of the population of Ukraine about the situation in the occupied Crimea.

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