112 Ukraine, NewsONE, ZiK TV channels inform international community, embassies, human rights watchers about pressure on independent media

Source : 112 Ukraine

The letters were sent to all respective authorities and organizations
20:30, 4 February 2021

112 Ukraine, ZiK, NewsONE TV channels
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The TV channels of Novyny media holding 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK informed the international community, embassies, international human rights organizations about pressure on independent media and restrictions on freedom of speech in Ukraine.

Relevant letters were sent to:

  • President of the European Council
  • Secretary General of the Council of Europe
  • President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • Delegation of the European Union
  • OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
  • Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe
  • Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists
  • Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Reporters Without Borders
  • Human Rights Watch
  • International Federation of Journalists
  • European Federation of Journalists
  • Freedom House
  • Other European and international organizations protecting human rights and the journalists

To the heads of diplomatic missions in Ukraine:

  • U.S. Embassy
  • Embassy of France
  • Embassy of Germany in Ukraine
  • Embassy of Italy in Ukraine
  • Embassy of Spain in Ukraine
  • Embassy of Austria in Ukraine
  • Embassy of the United Kingdom

Earlier, the authorities in the person of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky made a decision to destroy three opposition TV channels: 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK.

Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council decided to close three TV channels. Acting on the direct orders of the president, the Defense Council on a far-fetched pretext banned the TV channels of the Novyny media holding.

The media holding regards this decision of the Defense Council and President Zelensky as a political reprisal against unwanted media.

112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels intend to fight for their right to broadcast for Ukrainians, bring the truth to citizens and be on air.

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