President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky personally ordered the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to close TV channels of Novyny (News) media holding: 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZiK, which prevent the president from lying to the people of Ukraine.
Actions of the National Defense Council of Ukraine towards 112 Ukraine, ZiK, and NewsOne TV channels are illegal, and this is another obvious act of censorship towards the channels. Thus, parliamentarian Taras Kozak, owner of Novyny media holding, which includes 112 Ukraine TV channel, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels commented on the Defense Council’s decision on the closure of TV channels.
Earlier, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine made a decision to terminate the broadcasting of three TV channels.
"I regard such actions of the Defense Council as a political reprisal by President Zelensky. President is simply enraged because of the collapse of the rating of his political force Servant of the People, which now takes 4th place on the list, while Opposition Platform - For Life, which I represent, has been heading the rating of Ukrainians' sympathies for a long time. It is not surprising, because 112 Ukraine TV channel shows Ukraine in which we live: Ukraine with exorbitant bills, large-scale corruption, sold for a penny to foreigners. Zelensky, who clearly lives in his videos, personally put Ukraine on one level with poor countries of the world, in which vaccination against coronavirus has not yet begun, hoping for a handout from the West, while the channels of Novyny media holding openly and without fear are saying that it is possible to already start vaccination - it is enough to use the agreements of Viktor Medvedchuk. However, Zelensky and his western curators, the ambassadors of G7 countries who treat the President of Ukraine as an errand boy, giving him tasks, do not like this," Taras Kozak said.
“I do not see much point in commenting on the very decision of the Defense Council, taken in violation of all the obvious rules and regulations, as it was detailed in the statement of the TV channel.
I, as an MP of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, demand that the pressure on the media be stopped immediately, that the illegal decision of the Defense Council is canceled and that freedom of speech is ensured for the citizens of Ukraine.
I appeal to our viewers.
Dear friends, the TV channel will broadcast despite any intrigues of the authorities. But we need your support. We are stronger with you. Thank you," owner of Novyny media holding, an MP, and a member of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party, Taras Kozak, added.