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It’s absolutely vital, that the media is able to give all the opinions, - Caroline Voaden MEP

Caroline Voaden, Member of European Parliament, representing Renew Europe Group comments on the situation with closing Ukrainian TV channels
19:08, 2 October 2019

Caroline Voaden, MEP
112 Agency

Caroline Voaden, Member of European Parliament, representing Renew Europe Group, is concerned with the situation of Ukrainian TV channels.

“I think it’s really really important for strong functioning democracy to have a free media. It’s absolutely vital, that the media is able to give all the opinions, all points of view and the people should be able to hear all the points of view on national television. So it is very concerning to hear about violent attacks on journalists and to hear that the police are not investigating attacks on journalists. I think it’s very worrying,” Caroline Voaden said.

Ukraine should look harder at how the country is treating media if it is looking to become a member of the European Union.

“Obviously Ukraine is looking to become a member of the European Union. And I would say if they are serious about that then they really need to look harder at how they are treating media and make sure that the media is free to report freely and fairly on anything going on in the country. And that means interviewing anybody from the government or the opposition”, she added.

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

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

Related: 112 Ukraine TV channel: How Ukrainians were taken away right for objective information

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.

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

Related: Facebook users launch flash mob in support of '112 Ukraine'

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