Famous Ukrainian journalist Savik Shuster said he goes on a hunger strike until the people who annulled his work permit will restore his right to work in Ukraine. “I announce a hunger strike until these people restore my right to work in the modern European state called Ukraine. I will be starving until these people change their mind”, he said.
Pavel Elizarov, CEO of newly created 3stv TV channel, added he joins Shuster and admits that his decision is absolutely correct. “We created this channel not because we just wanted to create one or earn money or something. But when Savik’s show was sent off the air on every channel, we had no alternatives but to create our own channel”, he said, adding that their actions were supposed to preserve freedom of speech in Ukraine.
Earlier today, Ukraine-based journalist Savik Shuster visited Ministry of Social Policy and wrote an appeal asking to cancel the wrongful decision against him. As 112 International reported, an unknown authoritative agency canceled Shuster’s work permit on April 25. The reason was that the journalist concealed the fact of investigation against him – allegedly for evading taxes. Shuster said the government or even President Poroshenko himself could be behind this.
Savik Shuster has been working in Ukraine since 2005. He has been a host of his own talk shows “Svoboda Slova” (“Freedom of Speech”), “Svoboda Savika Shustera” (“Freedom of Savik Shuster”) and “Shuster LIVE” on a number of Ukrainian TV channels.