The US Embassy in Kyiv has denied that it advised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to close 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZіK TV channels.
Zelensky put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on five-year sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZіK TV channels and the Verkhovna Rada deputy from the Opposition Platform - For Life party Taras Kozak who owns them on February 2. Journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky drew attention to the fact that this happened shortly after Zelensky's visit to the US Embassy, where he watched the broadcast of Joe Biden's inauguration. In addition, the US Embassy welcomed Zelenskiy's decision to close the channels.
"Any information that the United States has provided instructions or recommendations to close these channels is categorically untrue. You can check your sources on this matter," a representative of the embassy said.
. By this decree, he enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on sanctions on the cancellation of the broadcasting licenses of the TV channels belonging to Taras Kozak (112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK). According to the decree that is eligible since the moment of signature, the TV channels faced sanctions that will be active for five years. These sanctions make broadcasting impossible.
Earlier, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine demanded to close YouTube pages of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels.
At the same time, Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Dmytro Razumkov said that sanctions against TV channels are always bad.