The Supreme Court of Ukraine continued to look into the cases of applying sanctions against three opposition TV channels (112 Ukraine, ZiK and NewsOne). The court demands that the Security Service of Ukraine and the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council provide extra proof in these cases. Press office of the Supreme Court of Ukraine reported that on August 3.
During the court session, the judges granted montions of representatives of the compliant who asked to add respective documents to the case materials. The court will evaluate this data later. The judges also ruled that the compliant, the Security Service of Ukraine and the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council should provide extra proof; earlier, such data was requested from the National Security and Defense Council, Office of the President and the Security Service.
Since February 2021, President of Ukraine and the National Security and Defense Council introduced sanctions against individuals and entities, blocking their acrivity and usual way of life. These tough restrictions are applied via the closed procedure that is beyond the court. During the same month, three opposition channels (112 Ukraine, ZiK and NewsOne) were shut down by the decision of the National Security and Defense Council; this caused public outrage in and beyond Ukraine.
On February 2, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on the imposition of sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels. According to the decree, which came into force from the moment of signing, sanctions were applied to TV channels for five years. This provides for blocking the broadcasting of all three TV channels.
On February 26, journalists of the TV channels illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky united and created a new TV channel - Pershiy Nezalezhniy. The founders of the new media are a group of journalists who previously worked on the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK channels. However, within an hour after the start of broadcasting, Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel was illegally turned off under pressure from the authorities.
Leading European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts and the world media criticized Zelensky's decree on the closure of the TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK.