Rule of law and freedom of speech must prevail, - statement of reporters of closed Ukrainian TV channels

Source : 112 Ukraine

Reporters ask for the meeting with head of the European Council Charles Michel who is visiting Kyiv today
14:30, 2 March 2021

Pershiy Nezalezhniy (First Independent) TV channel
Screenshot from video

Journalists of closed TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK and Pershiy Nezalezhniy wrote the letter to Charles Michel, the President of the European Council. They tried to turn his attention to the situation with pressure upon freedom of speech in Ukraine.

TV presenter Diana Panchenko said so during the rally held near the EU Delegation Office in Ukraine, as fellow reporters protested against the illegal shutdown of TV channels.

According to Panchenko, a lot of people cherished hopes that European values would finally prevail in Ukraine. "But eventually, we see what kind of European values prevailed in the end. Freedom of speech just turned into silly words, which mean nothing, when channels can be closed just like that - not even with an unsanctioned decision, just "by a phone call" - the way it happened with Pershiy Nezaleznhiy, which was on air only for one hour",  the presenter said.

Related: Address of journalists of Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel

Panchenko showed the letter to Michel who is now visiting Ukraine. She added that the EU should react to the closure of TV channels in Ukraine.

Another TV presenter, Rostyslav Sukhachov expressed hope that the EU stance in this regard will be made public. "We believe that rule of law and freedom of speech must prevail in Ukraine. We hope that the representatives of the EU would demostrate something diffferent than double standards; that they would demonstrate that they protect any freedom of speech, if it is in line with the current legal framework", Sukhachov said.

Related: It is failure, fiasco of authorities: Ex-member of National Council on TV-Radio Broadcasting criticizes blocking of Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel

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