On November 28, a journalist of the NewsOne TV channel Violetta Tovkes was attacked live in the center of Kyiv, at an official ceremony with the participation of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
These extremist actions received wide informational resonance and strong condemnation, becoming a topic for discussion at today's coordination board in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
However, neither President Zelensky, nor his entourage, who was preparing his participation in this event reacted in any way to this outrageous case of obstruction of journalistic activities, which is a criminal offense, neither immediately or several days after the incident.
Opposition Platform - For Life firmly states that violence against journalists continues because there are no precedents of punishment for crimes against mass media workers in Ukraine. Murders and attacks on journalists, obstruction of their work, threats to employees, arson and grenade launcher shelling of the 112 Ukraine TV channel, to which the president also did not consider it necessary to react, have become the norm in our country. And this fire of violence is fanned by the authorities, who release from custody and openly cover up for criminals, as was in the case with representatives of the National Corps, who on the Kyiv-Kharkov highway shelled a bus with members of the Patriots - For Life organization, brutally beating and trying to burn alive the passengers.
Cynically continuing Poroshenko's policy towards the media and opposition journalists, Zelensky and his entourage from the first days demonstrated a contemptuous attitude towards media workers, saying: “... We communicate with society without intermediaries, without journalists.”
The lack of understanding of the importance of freedom of speech and protection of public order has become the hallmark of the current government. It is not only the failure to fulfill election promises by Zelensky and his Servant of the People party, but also a direct betrayal of the interests and hopes of 73% of voters who entrusted him with the fate of the country.
Opposition Platform - For Life Party