Crimea “needs new channels to counter Russian propaganda” – Dzhemilev

Mustafa Cemilev in front of Crimean Tatar supporters (May 2014)


2014/11/26 • Crimea

Mustafa Dzhemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatars, says that he is part of an effort to create a new information network in Crimea and to have Kyiv television broadcast one or two hours a day to the occupied peninsula in order to counter Russian propaganda and prevent the “zombification” of its residents.

Speaking at a meeting yesterday of the SOS Crimea initiative, Dzhemilev said that this was such an important task that he would give the money he has received for various prizes this year to help get it started, noting that the channels would have to be staffed by professional journalists, legal specialists and others who could provide expert commentaries.

He said that this network as well as Crimea-centered broadcasts from Kyiv was needed not only to help the people of the occupied peninsula but also to ensure that “the Crimea issue not fall off the pages of the Ukrainian and the international press.”  There is too much going on and too much at stake for that to happen.

Although the Crimean Tatar leader did not speak to this aspect of the issue, there is clearly a role for international broadcasters to play in Crimea as well. The Russian and Ukrainian services of such broadcasters should have dedicated programming for Crimea, and their Turkic and Tatar services should be expanded to assist in that effort.

Indeed, it is clearly long past time to begin thinking about creating a Crimean Tatar service at one or more of these stations, any one of which would be able to broadcast television and FM from Ukrainian territory not occupied by Russian forces or via shortwave from further away.

Setting up such services would not only help Dzhemilev and others counter what Russian propaganda is doing and prevent Crimea from slipping further and further away from Ukraine but also would send a powerful message, just as Western broadcasting did during the Cold War, that the West has not and will not forget the people of Crimea.


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  • Cees Boogaart

    Perhaps the smartest way is to team up some broadcast like uatoday and others and broadcast in RUSSIAN with subtitles, so it can also be used to relay to “other” russian speaking public suffering from a onesided propaganda?

    • Misha

      Do you make the same suggestion for the Ukraine, where Russian channels are banned, so that the Ukrainian speaking public does not have to suffer from one sided propaganda as well?

      • Dirk Smith

        The russian side is being shown daily in Crimea and Donbas. Their actions speak louder than any words could. The muscovites had their chance and they failed.

        • Misha

          Yes, but neither Crimea or Donbas are part of the Ukraine. In the case of Crimea, this is certain, and even if you do not respect the elections in Donbass, that is the viewpoint of the people there.

          • Dirk Smith

            Is that why Ukraine finances their utilities? Is that why their teams played in the Ukrainian Premier League? Turn off RT once in awhile and learn the truth.

          • Misha

            It does so because to do otherwise would be seen as the Ukraine withdrawing its claim on these areas. But in time this will happen, there is no doubt about it. The Ukraine no longer pays pensions to the people living in these areas, the same people who have paid taxes all their lives, which is the beginning of acknowledging that these areas are no longer part of the Ukraine. Now the goal is to destroy infrastructure and murder innocent civilians as a show of punishment. It is hilarious how every member of this website professes to know the truth and accuses RT of spreading lies, when every article on this website contains such blatant bias that it makes one think that this is the Russian version of The Onion.

          • Dirk Smith

            Since you apparently support muscovite national socialism, the Nazi invasion of sovereign Ukraine is the beginning of the end of the KGB clerk. Being a one-dimensional petrostate, third-world Russia is simply shedding it’s last snakeskin of the Soviet Union. The KGB dwarf has failed on all counts due to the serving interests of it’s fascist oligarchy while the populace once again remain as serfs. With the ‘Cargo 200’ deliveries increasing, along with the food lines forming again this winter, expect ‘Maidan Moscow’ next spring. Only then can third-world Russia progress with the civilized world.

          • LorCanada

            Re: the elections in Donbass – Were they free and fair? I doubt it. Did the ballots include a choice of whether the people wanted to remain in a united Ukraine, or did they have to settle for a divided/separate east Ukraine ruled over by murderous looking thugs (puppets of Putin)?

          • Misha

            Yes, as a matter of fact, the elections were free and fair.

          • LorCanada

            Are you saying the Ukrainian citizens were able to vote to remain with Ukraine and not to be divided as the terrorists would want?

      • disqus_aJpixObjG7

        Russian channels are NOT banned in Ukraine but continue to spew their lies

        • Misha

          This is just false. The Ukraine has blocked 14 Russian television channels from its cable networks as of Aug. 19. This information can be found in numerous Western sources and is not really subject to debate since it is fact.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    I wish that I knew something about radio, communications to help but I’m a mechanical engineer.

  • Don Casavant

    Great idea…should have been done months ago (if it is possible)