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MEPs are watching the situation with freedom of speech in Ukraine, - Catherine Bearder MEP

"I am concerned here that there are reports of threats to the freedom of speech,” Catherine Bearder commented
20:04, 2 October 2019

Catherine Bearder MEP
112 Agency

Catherine Bearder, the Member of the European Parliament, ensures that the EU is watching the situation with freedom of speech in Ukraine.

“European Union, of course, stands for freedom of speech. We will encourage our partners in the East to have that. And that means ensuring that reporting is done freely without restrictions. It is up for the listener to make the decisions on the stories they listen to. I am concerned here that there are reports of threats to the freedom of speech,” Catherine Bearder commented to 112 Ukraine TV channel.

The EU needs to see that equality and transparency are held up and the criminal acts are investigated in Ukraine.

“Here in European Union we are watching and we need to see that equality and transparency are held up and the criminal acts are investigated,” 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 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: 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: Who supported 112 Ukraine TV channel?

 

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