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19.06.2015

Vital Crimean Tatar Channel ATR renews broadcasting from Kyiv

Two and a half months after ATR. the unique Crimean Tatar TV channel, and most Crimean Tatar media were silenced in Russian-occupied Crimea, ATR and children’s channel Lale have begun broadcasting from Kyiv. The response from the occupation authorities has been predictably hostile | detail

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04.05.2015

Russia to slap crippling fines on media for ‘propaganda of extremism’

Vladimir Putin has signed a law increasing fines on the media for what the authorities choose to view as ‘propaganda of extremism’. In Russian-occupied Crimea this can be any peaceful opposition to Russian rule, with the use of the terms ‘annexation’ and ‘occupation’ having resulted in one newspaper being warned about ‘extremism’. | detail

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30.04.2015

Russian-occupied Crimea joins 10 world’s worst for press freedom

In its latest report Freedom of the Press 2015, Freedom House speaks openly of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and gives Crimea under Russian occupation a damning assessment on all rights, including freedom of expression. | detail

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10.04.2015

FSB detain another Crimean journalist

Tatyana Guchakova, former deputy chief editor of Black Sea News has been taken away by FSB officers in Yalta after a 10-hour search of her home | detail

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02.04.2015

Kremlin creates agency for national minorities as it axes Crimean Tatar media

A student fined for supporting ATR has no intention of staying silent, nor do the Crimean Tatar media the occupation regime clearly hopes to stifle. And in the Kremlin it’s lies as usual | detail

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01.04.2015

Crimean Tatar TV silenced, searches and arrests continue

ATR was forced off air on Tuesday night after Russia effectively refused to re-register this unique television channel and other Crimean Tatar media. Hundreds gathered outside the studio, many obviously distressed. The police were present, openly videoing the crowd and 8 people are due in court after being detained making a video in support of ATR | detail

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31.03.2015

Crimean Tatar Leaders ‘”Warned” Not to Protest as Media Silenced

With less than one day remaining before TV channel ATR and other Crimean Tatar media are likely to be silenced in Russian-occupied Crimea, two Crimean Tatar leaders have been warned of the consequences of ‘unauthorized’ demonstrations in defence of the channel. | detail

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28.03.2015

Do Not Let Crimean Tatar ATR and Media be Silenced!

The overt attempt to crush the only Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR has been aptly described as “shooting the soul of the Crimean Tatar people”, however Russia’s success in destroying these media will provide a very dangerous message and have serious repercussions beyond any particular group in Crimea | detail

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25.03.2015

Last desperate attempt to save Crimean Tatar TV channel

Two vital – and independent – media resources face closure in Russian-occupied Crimea. The Crimean News Agency QHA has been openly refused registration, and it is extremely likely that TV ATR, the only Crimean Tatar television channel in the world, will be forced off air from April 1 | detail

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23.02.2015

Silencing ‘hostile’ media? Crimean News Agency refused licence

Russia’s media regulator has turned down independent QHA Crimean News Agency’s application for a licence. This comes just days after Russian-installed ‘prime minister’ Sergei Aksyonov made it clear that ‘hostile’ media who talk of a return to Ukrainian control, etc. have no place in annexed Crimea | detail

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30.01.2015

Crimean Tatar leader arrested in new wave of repression

The arrest of Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis, on suspicion of ‘organizing and taking part in mass disturbances’ is of unprecedented cynicism. There is not only video footage demonstrating his innocence, but the charges are under Russian legislation which not even Russia would claim was in force on Feb 26, 2014 | detail

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26.01.2015

Russia in no hurry to answer for its Soviet-type bans on Dzhemilev and Yuksel

Two court hearings over appeals lodged against bans imposed since Russia’s annexation of Crimea on people linked with the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative assembly, have been postponed. | detail

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24.01.2015

Crimean Tatar rights activist ‘deported’ from his native Crimea

The Crimean authorities under Russian rule have ‘deported’ Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist with Ukrainian citizenship, Crimean registration, but with views and a concern over human rights violations that the occupation regime clearly finds inconvenient. The message this sends any Crimean is chilling. | detail

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21.01.2015

Another Crimean Tatar arrested and beaten over May 3 Dzhemilev protest

Edem Osmanov whose father earned fame and gratitude last December when he cooked pilaf for freezing EuroMaidan protesters has become the fifth Crimean Tatar to be facing dubious charges over the peaceful protest on May 3 when veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev was prevented from entering his homeland. | detail

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21.01.2015

Renewed harassment of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and Qurultay

Emine Avamileva, a well-known public figure, lawyer and member of the Mejlis or Crimean Tatar representative assembly is the latest Mejlis representative to face harassment in the major offensive waged by the Russian occupation regime. | detail

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19.01.2015

Crimean Déjà Vu: Titushki & Police against Crimean Rights Conference

Overt attempts by paid thugs to cause a fight and give a pretext for stopping the conference were thwarted, and its participants able to adopt an appeal to the UN on grave violations of their rights under Russian occupation | detail

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07.01.2015

Outrage over homosexuality censorship; none over Peter Greenaway’s trip to the Crimea?

Reaction was immediate over Russian attempts to restrict a British film director’s mention of Sergei Eisenstein’s homosexuality. Western media seem unaware or worryingly unperturbed that the same Peter Greenaway has been trumpeted by the Russian media as planning to visit Russian-annexed Crimea, thus ignoring sanctions & serious rights issues, including with respect to Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov   | detail

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23.12.2014

Another armed search of Crimean Tatar home and mosque following ‘denunciation’

On Dec 18 a Crimean Tatar home and the mosque in the village of Turgenevka [Bakhchysarai region] were subjected to an armed search after an employee of the home owner Mustafa Yagyaev denounced’ him following disagreement about Russia’s annexation of the Crimea | detail

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22.12.2014

Repressive measures against key Crimean Tatar charity

In apparent retaliation for the appeal lodged by the Crimea Foundation, a charity closely linked with the Mejlis, or representative body of the Crimean Tatar people, against a massive fine, the FSB have initiated a criminal investigation against the Foundation’s Director, Riza Shevkiev. | detail

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15.12.2014

80-year-old Crimean Tatar summoned for ‘questioning’ by Russian FSB

Veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement Vedzhie Kashka turned 80 recently and should have been admitted to hospital on Dec 10 over a heart condition. She couldn’t because she had been summonsed for questioning by the FSB [Russian Security Service]. | detail

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