On the eve of the parliamentary elections in Germany, Charity Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech, together with journalists from media, illegally closed in Ukraine, appealed to the leaders of German political parties.
Letters of appeal have already been sent to Armin Laschet, head of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Annalena Baerbock, co-leader of Alliance 90/The Greens, Olaf Scholz, deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Christian Lindner, leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and leaders of German political forces.
On the eve of the elections, the attention of the whole world is riveted on the leaders of German political parties – we appeal to them to raise the issue of the illegal closure of the Ukrainian media during meetings and further communication with European politicians and Ukrainian authorities.
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On September 10, staff of the relevant media handed over an open letter to European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy from 2010 to 2014 Stefan Füle and ex-President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski about the serious threat to freedom of information in Ukraine and the introduction of total censorship.
During the rally, they were holding posters with the words: "Mr. Kwasniewski, inform European politicians about violations of freedom of speech in Ukraine", "Pershiy Nezalezhniy, 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and Zik were illegally closed by the authorities - Zelensky is destroying freedom of speech in Ukraine","Mr. Fule, tell Zelensky to comply with the Constitution of Ukraine, which guarantees freedom of speech (Article 34)."
Earlier, the journalists of illegally closed media appealed to the UN concerning the persecution of mass media by Ukrainian authorities. The staff of the illegally closed by the Ukrainian authorities TV channels and websites have appealed to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights with the request to pay attention to the problem of the elimination of freedom of speech in Ukraine.
In late August, the journalists of the illegally closed 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZiK TV channels, Pershiy Nezalezhniy, KRT, representatives of Strana.ua and Sharij.net held a mass rally and handed over a letter about illegal actions of the Ukrainian authorities against media representatives to the U.S. Embassy. They also called on U.S. President Joe Biden to raise the problem of Zelensky's destruction of freedom of speech in Ukraine.
Earlier, hundreds of the journalists of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK came to UN Office in Ukraine to show gratitude for the report declaring the closure of TV channels illegal.
On February 2, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on the imposition of sanctions against 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 a new TV channel - Pershiy Nezalezhniy. The founders of the new media are a group of journalists who previously worked on the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK channels. However, within an hour after the start of broadcasting, Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel was illegally turned off under pressure from the authorities.
Leading European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts, and the world media criticized Zelensky's decree on the closure of the TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK.
Over the past four months, the world media, European politicians, and experts have published more than 80,000 materials on the persecution of the opposition and independent TV channels by the Ukrainian authorities.