President Petro Poroshenko
“Freedom of speech is one of Ukraine’s largest achievements since the victory of the Revolution of Dignity. As the guarantor of Constitution, I defended and I will keep on defending freedom of speech in any of its manifestations. So I hope the respective services will solve the issues with reporter Savik Shuster as soon as possible”, he wrote.
Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman
“No one has the right to limit freedom of speech in Ukraine. Officials should be more persistent about other things. I charged the respective agencies to sort it out and solve the issue, according to the current legal frameworks”.
Earlier today, Ukraine-based journalist Savik Shuster visited Ministry of Social Policy and wrote an appeal asking to cancel the wrongful decision against him. As 112 International reported, an unknown authoritative agency canceled Shuster’s work permit on April 25. The reason was that the journalist concealed the fact of investigation against him – allegedly for evading taxes. Shuster said the government or even President Poroshenko himself could be behind this.
Savik Shuster has been working in Ukraine since 2005. He has been a host of his own talk shows “Svoboda Slova” (“Freedom of Speech”), “Svoboda Savika Shustera” (“Freedom of Savik Shuster”) and “Shuster LIVE” on a number of Ukrainian TV channels.