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Crimean Tatars want to have new public TV channel in Crimea

April 02, 2015, 18:43 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
The initiative was launched by the Krym movement of Crimean Tatars that held its congress in Simferopol on Thursday
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SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, April 2 /TASS/. Crimean Tatars have urged the Crimean authorities, including the republic’s head Sergey Aksyonov, to create a new public TV channel on the peninsula to replace the Crimean Tatar ATR channel which stopped broadcasts on April 1.

The initiative was launched by the Krym movement of Crimean Tatars that held its congress in Simferopol on Thursday. The meeting assembled more than 100 members of public and veteran organizations of Crimean Tatars as well as representatives of national executive bodies of Crimean Tatars from all parts of the Crimean peninsula.

The delegates passed a resolution which stressed the need to create a truly public TV channel. "We need a people’s channel with public content," Zaur Smirnov, the head of the Republic’s Committee for Nationalities, told the congress.

Crimea’s head Sergey Aksynov has ordered all specialized agencies to render assistance in creating a Public Crimean Tatar TV and Radio Company (OKTRK).

"Specialized ministries and agencies of the Republic of Crimea have received instructions to assist the new Crimean Tatar television in implementing this public initiative," Aksyonov said in a statement released by his press service on Thursday.

Aksyonov explained that the ATR media holding had monopolized the Crimean Tatar segment of the peninsula’s information space in recent years. "I believe that the situation for which the holding’s owners are to blame is absolutely inadmissible and incompatible with democratic and moral norms. The legitimate rights of Crimean inhabitants have been violated," Aksyonov said.

"There will be a Crimean Tatar Public TV channel in Crimea. The government and the State Council (parliament) of Crimea will guarantee media access to Crimean Tatars. Our aim is to make media access available to the public," Aksyonov told journalists as early as March 24.

The ATR Crimean Tatar television channel and the Meidan radio station have submitted documents to Roskomnadzor, a federal service for supervision in the sphere of telecommunications, information technologies and mass communications, many times in a bid to get a license according to Russian laws. However, Roskomnadzor has refused to accept the documents so far because of numerous paperwork irregularities.

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