Leading European politicians, experts, world media criticize Zelensky's decree on closure of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK

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Numerous European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts, and world media such as Reuters, Associated Press, Washington Post, criticized Zelensky's decree on the termination of the work of the TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK
10:40, 11 February 2021

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Nicolas Bay, the French politician, and MEP: “It always raises concerns when you see that censorship is applied to media. Especially when the head of the state takes such unilateral action. President Zelensky took upon himself a tough responsibility, having made the decision to ban the work of major opposition TV channels - on his own initiative. It defines the border between the democratic regime when everyone has the opportunity to express their own opinion and the authoritarian regime. This is definitely a change of course. I'm not feeling like interfering with Ukraine's political life as long as I'm an MEP. But as it concerns me, I state this: someone wants to shut someone else's mouth, to make someone else keep silent, and to keep the opposition away from expressing their thoughts. As Mr. Medvedchuk and those who support him express a position of union and reconciliation of Ukrainians, rejecting the attempts to manipulate Ukraine in the international arena, some people would like to see Ukraine standing against Russia all the time. The situation looks like this: those who face censorship are actually clinging to the rational and well-adjusted position on the political arena of Ukraine.”

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Roberto Rampi, member of the Italian Senate: “When I first heard this news, I was very surprised. I do not believe that any state can close any type of information system - a TV, newspaper or Internet channel, or something else. Definitely, you cannot close everything completely and you cannot close it without a thorough legal investigation. Pluralism of points of view is the footing of democracy. Some very critical, and may be dangerous or unacceptable for someone things can be voiced here... Therefore, the ability to express your point of view is fundamental for democracy.”

Robby Schlund, member of the Bundestag: “Initially, I did not believe it (what is happening); however, I was shocked and extremely distracted that it is even possible in Ukraine and to this day, I consider Mr. Zelensky smart and popular president who being a comedian (humorist) should understand how diversity and pluralism of opinion are important. The revolting critics damage the democratic processes and it provides me bad news; while we have a lot to do these days.”

Bernhard Zimniok, MEP, representative of Germany during the debate on the Association Agreement with Ukraine in the European Parliament: “In general, we can only welcome Ukraine's rapprochement with the EU. But only if it does not harm our relations with Russia. Russia is an important partner for us, the demonization of which, despite all reasonable criticism, is not helpful. Ukraine's rapprochement with the EU since 2014 cost 10 billion euros this year, and can only happen if Ukraine demonstrates its readiness to carry out reforms, which, unfortunately, is not the case. Recently, President Zelensky blocked the broadcast of three TV channels that allegedly spread pro-Russian propaganda. Shutting down channels that showed stories that were not liked by political decision-makers is an unacceptable attack on freedom of speech.”

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Seva Novgorodtsev, the British radio reporter and host: “Frankly, I don't know what's the deal with these three TV channels; I only ran my eye over the documents. Whatever these TV channels were blamed for were the speeches of certain TV program participants who talked too tough, in someone else's opinion. But, gentlemen, these people went live, and the TV channel cannot control what people say. So these charges are not quite legitimate.”

Alexey Venediktov, Echo of Moscow radio station editor-in-chief: “The presidential decree on the closure of the channels does not give any opportunity for the accused in the public space to prove their case. Anyone's presidential decree means that a decision is made that is outside the legal procedure. If it seemed that these channels are being distributed, as written in the decree of President Zelensky "malicious disinformation" - disinformation is proved not by a politician, but by court decisions.”

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Head of Latvian Russian Union faction in the Riga Duma, co-chairman of the RSL party Miroslav Mitrofanov: “As for the fate of the three opposition channels in Ukraine, of course, disgrace, this is arrogance. And Zelensky lost a lot in the eyes of people who expected something positive from the president outside Ukraine. It seemed: here he is a man with brains, not devoid of irony, humor, he can take a different attitude to the situation and find an opportunity for coexistence with the Ukrainian opposition. But it turned out that he followed the path of his predecessors, that is, the tough suppression of the opposition.”

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Chairman of the United Russia party Dmitry Medvedev: “During the conversation, it was noted that the actions of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to block opposition media have nothing to do with the European values ​​declared by the Ukrainian authorities, which undoubtedly include freedom of speech.”

Blogger, journalist Anatoliy Shariy: “Zelensky doesn’t care at all. He’s an absolutely cynical person. He doesn’t care, he lives in his own world, created for him by Kirill Timoshenko and other people who could not be allowed close to politics,” Shariy said. “He believes: that everyone who speaks badly against himself must be quiet, and then my rating will rise. Therefore, he gags your mouth, your channels. Before that, he tried to gag a number of telegram channels. He tries to close my mouth – 6 or 7 criminal proceedings were initiated against me. And he will keep going in that direction.”

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Military historian Yuriy Dudkin: “It’s difficult to predict what to expect from the authorities. Turning off these three most important, in my opinion, Ukrainian TV channels (112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK, - ed.), we will probably still come to the methods of the NSDLP of Nazi Germany 33 the year when televisions were confiscated from citizens of the occupied states so that they could not hear the truth, other people's voices of Moscow, London, Washington.”

Head of the Association of Independent Media of the Czech Republic, publicist Stanislav Novotny: “The head of the Association of Independent Mass Media of the Czech Republic, publicist Stanislav Novotny, compared the decision to block a number of TV channels in Ukraine, made by the President of the country, Volodymyr Zelensky, with a butcher's knife killing freedom of speech. The very freedom of speech on which democracy and the successful functioning of the state are based. The freedom of speech, the loyalty of which was once confirmed by all the signatories of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

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