On April 2, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korynevych made a report during the meeting of the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy of the Verkhovna Rada during the hearings “On Ensuring Stable Ukrainian Broadcasting in the Temporarily Occupied and Border Territories of Ukraine”.
“The Mission systematically monitors the situation of television and radio broadcasting in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and in the southern districts of Kherson region which is bordering the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Currently, the standard analogue Ukrainian television remains as the only publicly available format of television broadcasting for residents of these territories and this format should be maintained until the territorial integrity of Ukraine is restored. Due to the encoding of the satellite TV signal, most Ukrainian TV and radio channels which are in satellite format became inaccessible to residents of the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
The key proposals of the Mission to the recommendations based on the results of the hearings:
- development of a transparent mechanism of state support for TV and radio companies and other media outlets that have moved from the TOT to the territory controlled by the Government of Ukraine;
- support for Ukrainian television and radio companies that broadcast in the languages of indigenous peoples, in particular in the Crimean Tatar language;
- taking into account the need to ensure stable Ukrainian broadcasting on TOT during the development of the Action Plan for the implementation of the Strategy of De-occupation and Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol;
- amendments to the State Budget of Ukraine for 2021 in order to increase funding for broadcasters who speak in TOT”, – Anton Korynevych commented.