If somebody has opportunity to close down media channel for political reasons, this is very dangerous, - MEP

At the same time, Viola von Cramon-Taubadel stated she was proud of Ukraine
23:12, 23 October 2019

If somebody has some reasons to close down a media channel for political reasons, this may be considered very dangerous. Vice President of Association Committee Ukraine-EU and MEP Viola von Cramon-Taubadel stated that to journalists in Strasbourg. 

"And if somebody has the opportunity, as you said, due to a law decision to close down media channel for maybe a political reason, this is very dangerous. And of course, we have to investigate this, why did it happen, how did it happen, what kind of interest Mr. Bohdan (Head of Presidential Office, - 112 International) or somebody else had and then we have to public it and bring to the Venice Commission or really make a case out of this. Because, in terms of press, freedom of press, freedom of media, this is one of the main pillars of democracy. As I said, we need strong journalists, we need strong media, independent media, who will be protected by laws and by the government," the politician mentioned. 

At the same time, von Cramon-Taubadel stated she was proud of Ukraine.

"Well, I don’t know about all the individual cases of course, but what I wanted to say is, I’m very proud actually of Ukraine because you have a pluralistic media, the pluralistic area and we should keep this. But not only this, because the media in Ukraine is mainly dominated by oligarch media and this is of course, from my point of view, it’s already dangerous. So, we need to set up a strong public finance media sector. We have the UA:First, you have like a start, but we have to stuff this better with financial funds from the public sector, from the government," the parliamentarian added. 

Related: MEP Cramon-Taubadel: Ukraine needs to have success in the social sphere as people expect this


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