Press should have the freedom to investigate, - Shaffaq Mohammed MEP

“I want to see EU expanded. I want the European Union values expanded – freedom of press, freedom of expression
20:17, 2 October 2019

Shaffaq Mohammed MEP
112 Agency

Shaffaq Mohammed, the Member of the European Parliament from the United Kingdom stresses that mass media should have the freedom to investigate

“It’s really important that democracy, like we have here in the European Union, in 28 states, has free fair press. We are able to challenge the government. It’s very important that not just the governments’ voices are heard, but also the opposition voices heard. And the press should have the freedom to investigate. The police and the government should provide protection, that the people should not be allowed to attack the press,” Shaffaq Mohammed says.

Shaffaq Mohammed supports the expansion of the EU with its core values.

“I want to see EU expanded. I want the European Union values expanded – freedom of press, freedom of expression. People should be able to have different opinions. And to have that they should be able to have that broadcast. They should have arguments and debates on television,” he 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 air for 30 minutes.

The move is an answer to the Ukrainian authorities and their attempts to oppress freedom of speech in Ukraine.

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

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