The only Ukrainian newspaper of Crimea “Krymska Svіtlytsya” (Crimean Parlour) has closed on the peninsula. The last number of the newspaper on March 25 is released as final.
The newspaper office states that the director general of the national newspaper-magazine publishing house has ordered the office transfer from Simferopol to Kiev on March 14, 2016.
The Crimean colleagues of the newspaper consider this decision wrong and emphasize that “from the very beginning “Krymska Svіtlytsya” was forced to fight on two fronts: Crimean and Kiev, demanding the authority to pay attention and take the state approach to correct the humanitarian problems of Ukrainians in Crimea.”
The newspaper office says that not all the journalists are able to move to Kiev; and those in Kiev are not able to keep the track of the Crimean events objectively.
“The “National newspaper-magazine publishing house” management as the publisher of the newspaper cannot bear responsibility for the regular employees on the occupied territory,” explained the General Director of the Publishing House Andrey Shchekun in his turn.
“Krymska Svіtlytsya” has been published in Crimea since 1992. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine and Taras Shevchenko all-Ukrainian society “Prosvіta” (Enlightenment) as well as the labour collective are the founders of the newspaper.
Since May 2015 the National newspaper-magazine publishing house has started the online newspaper instead of printing. The question to transfer the staff to Kiev has been discussed since then too.