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Ukraine must adhere to European principles of freedom of speech, - MEP criticizes sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK TV channels

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Mikuláš Peksa believes that all relevant decisions should be made by an independent body, not by ruling politicians
10:02, 16 February 2021

MEP Mikuláš Peksa
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If Ukraine intends to continue the process of its European integration, it must adhere to European standards of freedom of speech. This was stated by a member of the European Parliament Mikuláš Peksa, who criticized the imposition of extrajudicial sanctions against three opposition TV channels associated with Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk, in his comment to Capital.

"Supervision of the media market should always be apolitical. All relevant decisions should be made by an independent body, not by ruling politicians," said Peksa. 

Related: Closure of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZiK TV channels: Leading world mass media continue to criticize Zelensky

The MEP acknowledged that the right to freedom of speech could compete with some other rights. Nevertheless, in any case, decisions should not be made by politicians.

"For example, the media sometimes have to publish an apology after a court's ruling. Nonetheless, the decision to apply corrective mechanisms should always be made by an independent supervisory body instead of ruling politicians," he noted.

As we reported earlier, MEP and member of the Bundestag Robby Schlund believes that the attack on the democratic principles and freedom of speech in the country is a direct violation of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine.

Related: National Council makes decision to deprive 112 Ukraine, ZiK TV channels of licenses on personal order of Zelensky

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