Reuters releases story, criticizes Zelensky for closing 112 Ukraine, NewsONE, ZIK TV channels

Source : 112 Ukraine

The news agency pointed out that the decree does not provide any reasons for imposing sanctions against these media
09:23, 8 February 2021

112 Ukraine, ZiK, NewsONE TV channels
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British information agency Reuters reacted to the decree of President Volodymyr Zelensky, which imposed sanctions against opposition TV channels, namely 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK.

Reuters claims that the decree does not provide any reasons for imposing sanctions against these media.

"A presidential decree, published late on Tuesday, said “special economic and other restrictive measures” would be imposed against Taras Kozak, a lawmaker from the Opposition Bloc faction, and eight media and TV companies. The decree gave no reasons for the decision", reads the Reuters story as cited by Arab News. "Kozak is the listed owner of the three TV channels covered, which Ukrainian media said were associated with Viktor Medvedchuk, a prominent opposition figure (...)".

The management of the three TV channels assesses the ban of broadcasting as political execution of the dissent media.

"We regard this decision ... as a political reprisal against objectionable media", Reuters quotes the joint statement by 112 Ukraine, NewsONE and ZIK TV channels.

Related: US Embassy denies instructing to close 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZіK TV channels

Chairman of Political Board of Opposition Platform - For Life party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk believes that by doing so, Zelensky strips the journalists off their right for work, restricting freedom of speech in Ukraine.

"President Zelenskiy threw 1,500 journalists and employees of three TV channels into the street and deprived millions of viewers of the right to receive objective information", Medvedchuk wrote on his website.

The story became quite cited in other media in North America, Europe and Asia.

Earlier, Medvedchuk said that Zelensky failed to find an opportunity to deal with dissent politicians and media within legal framework and thus allowed rude violation of the law, including Constitution of Ukraine.

Related: 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK channels journalists create their own YouTube channel

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