: :inin Kyiv (EET)

OSCE condemns raid on ATR TV channel in Crimea


OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic has condemned the raid by masked forces in Crimea on ATR television station in the city of Simferopol, the OSCE web site says.
“I have repeatedly reminded of the need to safeguard the work of journalists and media outlets. This practice of intrusion of free and independent media cannot be tolerated in the OSCE region,” Mijatovic said.
She emphasized that “it is crucial for the Crimean Tatars to be able to receive and obtain information and news from ATR. ATR must be allowed to resume its broadcasting as soon as possible.”
On 26 January masked forces raided the ATR offices and newsroom in Simferopol. They searched the premises and detained the staff of the television station. The masked forces also confiscated equipment and shut down ATR’s analogue broadcasting.
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