Over 400 journalists from 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels, which were closed in early February, are holding a protest against the restriction of freedom of speech in the country. More than a thousand viewers of TV channels also came to support the journalists.
They lined up in a long chain on Parkova Alley, not far from the Parkovy Exhibition Center, where the forum “Ukraine 30. Coronavirus: Challenges and Responses” is due to take place today with the participation of President Zelensky.
The journalists are holding posters “Kim Jong-Ze,” “Ze against the truth,” “The end of freedom of speech,” “Not war, but the channels,” and many others.
The film crews of the TV channels tried to enter the event, but the guards did not let them in, arguing that “they are not on the lists.”
The presenters and film crews appeared on air of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels with their mouths sealed, which symbolizes the restriction of freedom of speech in Ukraine.
Earlier, on February 2, 2021, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the introduction of personal sanctions against the MP from the Opposition Platform - For Life Taras Kozak. In particular, it is about the cancellation of broadcasting licenses of the TV channels belonging to him (112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK). According to the decree, which came into force from the moment of signing, sanctions were applied to TV channels for five years.
The media holding regards this decision of the Defense Council and President Zelensky as a political reprisal against unwanted media.