The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed concern after learning that the webpage of the Crimean Tatar TV, ATR, has been blocked in the territory of Crimea.
Upon loading the page of the web portal, a message is displayed stating that the network address is added to a registry of domains which contains information prohibited for dissemination in the Russian Federation.
SEEMO members call on institutions to immediately end censorship used against media outlets in this region, and allow all web portals and other media to work freely, and without oppression. Freedom of speech and information of public importance present a pillar of democracy, especially in transitional societies facing political instabilities.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.