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MEPs write letter to Josep Borrell on Ukraine's violation of principles of freedom of speech and laws due to blocking of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK TV channels

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The parliamentarians want to get an answer from Borrell whether President Zelensky's decision meets international legal standards in the field of freedom of speech and press
12:50, 16 February 2021

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MEPs Kateřina Konečná, Mick Wallace, and Clare Daly wrote a letter to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, drawing his attention to the situation in Ukraine in connection with President Volodymyr Zelensky's decision to close three opposition TV channels.

MEP Kateřina Konečná told Capital about this, providing a copy of the document.

In a letter to Borrell, MEPs noted that the decision to ban the broadcasting of three TV channels in Ukraine had been condemned by the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, as well as the International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ).

It states that the actions of President Zelensky's administration contradict even Ukrainian law, as it does not give the president the right to impose sanctions on domestic companies or the media.

Related: National Council makes decision to deprive 112 Ukraine, ZiK TV channels of licenses on personal order of Zelensky

"The president's office does not have the authority to regulate the media (this is the responsibility of the State Committee of Ukraine for Television and Radio Broadcasting). Thus, the revocation of broadcasting licenses by a presidential decree (which cannot be challenged in court) is a clear violation of the principle of the rule of law in Ukraine,” the MEPs wrote.

In this regard, parliamentarians want to get an answer from Borrell whether President Zelensky's decision meets international legal standards in the field of freedom of speech and press. They also want to get information on what measures are being taken by the European Commission at this point, and how this issue is discussed with the leadership of Ukraine.

As we reported earlier, a number of American media, including Washington Post, Fox News, ABC News, and Yahoo! spread the statement of Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk on the illegitimacy of the decision to block 112 Ukraine, Newsone, and ZIK TV channels.

Related: Ukraine must adhere to European principles of freedom of speech, - MEP criticizes sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK TV channels

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