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

Gill reminded that Article 19 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has a right to freedom of opinion and expression
12:09, 10 October 2019

Nathan Gill
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continues the policy of the fifth president Petro Poroshenko in terms of attempts to exercise control over the media who do not support his interests. Nathan Gill, British MEP, member of the inter-parliamentary committee of Ukraine-EU association, member of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights, said that during the debates in European Parliament on the situation in Ukraine.

Gill reminded that Article 19 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has a right to freedom of opinion and expression.

“This right includes the right to receive and impart information and ideas that through ay media regardless of frontiers,” Nathan Gill said.

According to him, every dictatorship and repressive regime immediately seeks to close down the freedom of the press and media.

“Every dictatorship and repressive regime immediately seeks to close down the freedom of the press and media, thinking foolishly that they can silence opposition. Ukraine’s previous president Poroshenko who tried to silence media did not act as his mouthpiece, using the legal process. This was condemned and it failed. Ukraine has a new President Zelensky who is following the same old tired pattern, despite claiming to be different. He has used the legal process to strip TV stations of their licenses and is threatening those that he doesn’t like,” he said.

The Member of the European Parliament urged the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini to use her influence with the President Zelensky to protect the freedom of the press in Ukraine.

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: Zelensky about 112 Ukraine TV channel broadcasting license deprivation: National Council said something was overdue

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: Ukraine’s parliament recommended to create committee on investigation of activity of number of TV channels, including 112 Ukraine

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