“I cannot say that the activities of the TV channel are impeded in Ukraine, but, on the other hand, there are simply no favorable conditions for the world’s only Crimean Tatar TV channel to work freel

February 4, 2021

Head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Head of the department for legal and foreign affairs of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariiev, in a comment to the ATR TV channel, said that there are no favorable conditions in Ukraine for the world's only Crimean Tatar TV channel to work freely.

“I cannot say that the activities of the TV channel are impeded in Ukraine, but, on the other hand, there are simply no favorable conditions for the world's only Crimean Tatar TV channel to work freely and be the primary source of real information in the occupied Crimea”,- he said.

Bariiev stressed that from year to year he has to return to this problem. According to him, the problem itself lies in the fact that the envisaged financing of the ATR is constantly shifting from one central executive body to another.

“At first it was the Ministry of Social Policy, then the Ministry of Culture, then the Ministry of Reintegration, etc. We see how each ministry is trying to get rid of this problem. The problem is not being solved. We must clearly understand that the reason for this situation is Ukrainian legislation. Here this problem will be permanent until this issue is resolved”,- explained the head of the CTRC.