Journalists of the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels, illegally closed by President Zelensky, called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to influence the Ukrainian authorities regarding the fight against objectionable media. This was announced by journalist and presenter Vyacheslav Pikhovshek while transferring the corresponding letter to the German Embassy.
"Frau Merkel, as a person who grew up in a democratic republic, does not understand how unstable the situation with freedom of speech could be. It is very shaky. Because three TV channels, 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK, and then Pershiy Nezalezhnyi were closed simply on the basis of Zelensky's decision with the help of sanctions without a court decision... On the other hand, we turn to Angela Merkel - we need help! we are glad when she arrives in Kyiv, not in the position of the Chancellor of Germany, but in a different role," Pikhovshek noted.
He noted that even in democratic Germany media closure without a court decision would be just impossible.
"But we believe that now Angela Merkel can speak more freely and influence the Ukrainian leadership that fighting the press is the same as breaking a mirror when you have problems with your appearance. We believe that Merkel has the moral authority that will allow influencing Zelensky, the novice in politics, who thinks he solved the problem by closing the TV channels. But by closing the media, he did not solve the problem, but rather created it," the presenter said.
Earlier, the journalists of the 112 Ukraine TV channels, NewsOne, and ZIK, closed by President Zelensky, asked the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a meeting.
February 2, Zelensky signed a decree on the application of sanctions against the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels. According to the decree, which came into force from the moment of signing, sanctions were applied to TV channels for five years. This provides for blocking the broadcasting of all three TV channels.
On February 26, journalists of the TV channels illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky united and created Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel. The founders of the new media are a group of journalists who previously worked on the channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK. But literally, an hour after the start of broadcasting, the authorities illegally disconnected the channel from the air.
Leading European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts, and world media have criticized Zelensky's decree on the termination of the work of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels.
In recent months, the world media, European politicians, and experts have published more than 37 thousand materials on the persecution of the opposition and independent TV channels by the Ukrainian authorities. At the same time, the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights "Report of the situation in the field of human rights in Ukraine" indicates that the decision to close the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels contradicts international human rights standards.