In response to a request from “Ukrainian News”, the National Security and Defense Council stated that Zelensky did not even convene a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council to impose sanctions on December 28 against the Pershiy Nezalezhny and Ukrlive TV channels.
Council members voted remotely.
That is, just signed the proposed solutions without any discussion.
At the same time, Prosecutor General Venedyktova and NBU head Kyrylo Shevchenko did not vote.
As it was reported, on December 28 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the decree about the sanctions against two Ukrainian TV channels, Pershiy Nezalezhniy and UkrLive. In total, in 2021, Zelensky closed five TV channels.
UkrLive owner and chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech Nestor Shufrych said that the termination of broadcasting of the TV channel UkrLive shortly after it went on the air and TV channel “Pershiy Nezalezhniy” shortly after it restored its satellite signal is yet another cynical and lawless extrajudicial decision made by the National Security and Defense Council and aimed at establishing the censorship in Ukraine. Such actions cannot be explained otherwise, because the channels did not violate a single law, and what is more – in the case of “Pershiy Nezalezhniy” we managed to obtain a fair court decision that proved the unlawfulness of the previous decisions of the National Security and Defense Council. The channels were shut down only because the Ukrainian authorities wanted it that way.
In turn, Chairperson of the Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech Hanna Herman stressed that Zelensky continues to destroy independent journalism. But this will not save him from imminent and final ruination. Because not only independent TV channels and websites are in opposition to him. The entire Ukraine is in opposition to the failed policy of the current government.
The Opposition Platform - For Life party responded to the situation and stated that this decision is intended to destroy the TV channels Pershiy Nezalezhniy and UkrLive, as well as the Novyny media holding, which was established by journalists of the TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK, which Zelensky shut down.
Against the background of the closure of two TV channels, the parliamentarian from the Opposition Platform - For Life party Renat Kuzmin advised Zelensky to announce the mobilization of women journalists of closed TV channels into the army. And his colleague Vasyl Nimchenko stated that the decision of the National Security and Defense Council to stop broadcasting UkrLive and Pershiy Nezalezhnyi is a sign of information raiding and usurpation of power, which has already reached the level of dictatorship.
Journalists of the TV channels "UkrLive" and "Pershiy Nezalezhny", which were illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky have addressed an open letter to the world community - to European politicians, officials and international journalist organizations - with a request to influence the situation with freedom of speech and the attempt of the authorities to introduce censorship in Ukraine. The international community was also reminded that 112 Ukraine, NEWSONE and ZIK, UkrLive and Pershiy Nezalezhniy are not the only victims of the Zelensky regime. After all, the authorities are trying by all means to influence the work of the state television channel DOM, the public broadcaster UA: First, the TV channels Nash, Espresso, Direct, Ukraine and Ukraine 24, and the online outlets Strana.ua and Shariy.net.