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In Ukraine freedom of the media is under threat, - Katerina Konecna MEP

“Is the European Parliament going to make an effort in this direction? We have to because otherwise, we are not going to be active enough,” she said
12:28, 10 October 2019

Katerina Konecna MEP
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In Ukraine freedom of the media is under threat. Katerina Konecna, Member of the European Parliament representing the Czech Republic, said that during the debates in the European Parliament on the situation in Ukraine.

“In Ukraine freedom of the media is under threat. According to Ukrainian journalists, the Ukrainian market is very hostile to the media outlets because the oligarchs are actually making up the rules of the game. And there are people who want to work independently, but they are forced to trample over their own principles simply to be able to survive. Employees don’t have regular contracts either, the National Council for Television and Radio is not prolonging licenses or is even trying to kill off licenses for media outlets which are trying desperately to produce independent output so the journalists in Ukraine are asking us to support their fight for independence of the media in Ukraine.

Katerina Konecna urged the European Parliament to act and make an effort in this direction.

“Is the European Parliament going to make an effort in this direction? We have to because otherwise, we are not going to be active enough,” she said.

On September 26 the National council on questions of television and radio broadcasting deprived TV channel "112 Ukraine" of digital licenses for broadcasting.

The channel continues to broadcast and is available to its viewers on satellite, cable and the Internet.

Related: 112 Ukraine TV Channel appeals National TV Council’s decision to deprive digital broadcasting license

The decision of the National Council has already been condemned in the European Parliament, who promised to pass this information to European officials.

The journalists of the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels held a rally of solidarity against censorship. Three TV channels go off the air for 30 minutes.

The move is an answer to the Ukrainian authorities and their attempts to oppress freedom of speech in Ukraine.

Related: MEP Gill accuses Ukraine’s President Zelensky of pressing independent media

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