MP from the Opposition platform – For life Oleg Voloshyn, who participates in April’s PACE session as a member of the Ukrainian delegation, has urged the European society to have a close look at the situation with suppression of the freedom of the press in Ukraine by the authorities.
Thus, during his speech within the debates on the perspective of strategic priorities of the Council of Europe that took place on the eve, the lawmaker raised the issue of non-judicial closing of three Ukrainian TV channels (112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK) in breach of this core principle recognized in Europe as ZIK reported.
“The only comment I would like to provide is that, possibly, in the report, more attention had to be paid to the protection of such core principle, essential European values as freedom of the press,” he noted.
Voloshyn reminded that on February 2, 2021, Ukraine created a very transparence precedent.
“We became the first state that introduced sanctions against its own citizens. Thus, the citizens of Ukraine were deprived of the right to a fair court trial. Thus, three TV channels (112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK) were disconnected from broadcasting by one presidential order on the basis of the decision of the National Security Council that referred to concerns of the national security, while, in fact, they want to silence the press. That is why I believe that the Assembly should have a close look at this situation that should become a subject of dialogue with the Ukrainian government because the conflict with Russia is not the justification for the suppression of the freedom of the press,” he underlined.
Earlier, Ukrainian MP Oleg Voloshyn asked PACE to excuse his colleague Oleksiy Honcharenko's behavior. As we reported, the latter tried to display the Ukrainian flag shot with Russian bullets in Donbas. He also focused on the problem of the discriminative policy of the government against the language rights of national minorities.