Portuguese lawmaker, MEP Sandra Pereira sent a written request to the European Commission, asking it to assess the shutdown of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels.
The text is below as follows. It can also be found on the website of the European Parliament.
"On 2 February 2021, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a decree cancelling the broadcasting licences for three Ukrainian television channels: 112, NewsOne and ZIK.
This is not an isolated decision: the Ukrainian authorities have carried out countless assaults on rights and freedoms, such as bans on and acts of persecution and aggression towards political, trade union and social organisations, communities and citizens, for example, the case against the Communist Party of Ukraine.
Nor can this decision be seen as unconnected to the restoration and promotion by the Ukrainian authorities of Nazi-fascist collaborators and their criminal militias.
1. What view does the Commission take of the Ukrainian authorities’ act of censorship in cancelling these three television channels?
2. What view does it take of the systematic violation of rights, freedoms and guarantees in Ukraine and of the restoration and promotion of openly Nazi-fascist training?"
On February 2, three Ukrainian opposition channels, 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK stopped broadcasting. It was due to the decision of the National Security and Defense Council, signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky. The decision introduced a number of sanctions, which made further broadcasting on TV impossible. The media claim the decision was illegal and stated intentions to appeal against it in court.