TERMINOLOGY MANUAL IN THE CONTEXT OF THE TEMPORARY OCCUPATION OF CRIMEA WAS PRESENTED IN KYIV
The presentation took place during the round table “Crimea in the mirror of mass media” on July 9 in Kyiv.
According to the participants of the round table, Crimean issues are not fully represented in Ukrainian and international mass media. According to the Institute of Mass Media, as of February 2020, only 1% of the news in Ukrainian online media was dedicated to Crimea.
In the wake of Russia's occupation of the Ukrainian Peninsula, it is increasingly difficult for journalists to find and receive high-quality and reliable information on Crimea. Besides, both ordinary citizens and politicians, officials and mass media mostly use not quite correct definitions and terminology in discussions or coverage of Crimea in the context of the occupation. Particular attention has been paid to the basic principles of international humanitarian law.
“In the conditions of the Russia's hybrid war against Ukraine, it is very crucial that politicians, citizens, and journalists, in the discussion or coverage of topics of the temporary occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, do not copy pro-Russian narratives, but use the right terminology, not to harm our country. That is why a relevant thesaurus was developed,” said Ihor Yaremenko, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine.
To assist journalists with terminology, the human rights organization ZMINA, Crimean Human Rights Group in cooperation with the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea prepared and presented a Q&A guide for mass media "Crimea in the context of the occupation". The manual speaks, in particular, about the importance to use the term "occupation" instead of "annexation of Crimea", how to correctly call the so-called "authorities" acting on the territory of Crimea after the occupation, how Ukrainian and foreign journalists can legally get into Crimea, and much more. To read and download the manual, please follow the link.
Ihor Yaremenko also reminded that just recently a joint document "Current guidelines for the state policy due to the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol" was presented, which defines a unified state approach to the use of terminology, as well as the position on the most high-profile issues: citizenship, protection of detained persons, status and protection of indigenous people - Crimean Tatars, definition of illegal bodies of the occupation "authority", water supply, approaches to the policy of sanctions, and the like.