OSCE representative ready to visit Crimea to study media work
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir has expressed his desire to visit Crimea to study the work of the media, the press service of the Ukrainian president's office in Crimea reported on Friday.
"Harlem Desir expressed his desire to visit Crimea when there are relevant circumstances. He declared his readiness to study the issue of the distribution of Russian broadcasting to the mainland territory of Ukraine, aspects of the language of hatred in the print media controlled by the occupation authorities, especially at the district and departmental level, and to consider the possibility of assistance to representatives of the Crimean Tatar media in organizing independent and impartial broadcasts," reads the statement.
Desir also said that repressions against some live streamers were continuing in the occupied Crimea, a ban on independent coverage of events was in force and that all major Crimean Tatar media were being squeezed out.
The president's representative in Crimea, Borys Babin, in turn, said that the Crimean occupation authorities had built a new relay tower near the town of Dzhankoi, with the aim of spreading broadcasting from the occupied Crimea to a significant part of the mainland Ukraine, which is regarded by the Ukrainian side as a threat to information security.