Brussels, 01/04/2015
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STATEMENT

Statement by the Spokesperson on the shutdown of Crimean Tatar ATR TV

"After searches of the Crimean Tatar ATR TV premises and attacks on its journalists in the past weeks, ATR TV has been taken off air. Other Crimean Tatar media outlets have also reportedly been forced to shut down. This constitutes a blatant violation of the right to freedom of expression and is part of a wider pattern of persecution and intimidation of the Crimean Tatar community.

The Crimean people deserve unimpeded access to the plurality of media. We call for an immediate reestablishment of ATR's broadcasting rights and full respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of all inhabitants of Crimea."