Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with the ambassadors of the G7 countries and the European Union to Ukraine and explained his decision to impose sanctions against certain media outlets. This was reported by the presidential press service.
"Sanctions against the media are always a difficult decision for any government except the authoritarian one. This decision is not emotional, it has matured and has been worked on for a long time on the basis of information from a number of agencies of the Ukrainian government. It is by no means an attack on freedom of speech, this is a reasonable decision to protect national security," Zelensky said.
According to Andriy Yermak, head of the President's Office, freedom of speech in Ukraine is under no threat.
"Freedom of speech, freedom of journalist activities have been and remain a priority for the Ukrainian state," he noted.
As we reported earlier, on February 2, Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsONE, and ZiK TV channels.
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 the broadcasting process impossible.