The Council of Europe expressed concern over the closure of three Ukrainian TV channels: ZIK, NewsOne, and 112 Ukraine, and stressed that the ban on broadcasting was an extreme form of restricting the work of the media.
This was reported during a joint broadcast of ZIK, NewsOne, and 112 Ukraine TV channels.
"The Council of Europe attaches great importance to freedom of expression enshrined in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. While restrictions of this right are permissible, they must be narrowly construed to allow for a free flow of information and ideas, including those which offend, shock, or disturb. It is particularly important that any restrictive measures comply with Council of Europe and institutional standards of freedom of expression and, notable, requirements of lawfulness, necessity, and proportionality," Council of Europe Secretary-General Marija Pejčinović Burić stated in response to the closure of three Ukrainian TV channels ZIK, NewsOne and 112 Ukraine.
It was also noted that "to ensure true pluralism in the audiovisual sector it is necessary to allow effective access to the market so as to guarantee diversity of overall program content, reflecting as far as possible the variety of opinions encountered in the society."
The TV channels regard this decision as a political reprisal against objectionable media.