President of Russia Vladimir Putin condemned the closure of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZiK TV channels by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, as TASS reported.
Putin called such a decision of the head of the Ukrainian state manifestation of a double standard in the understanding of freedom of speech.
“In Ukraine, three leading TV channels were squished with a stroke of the pen and everybody is silent,” he stated.
The President of Russia believes that Zelensky assumed the decision in his political ends.
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 broadcasting impossible.
Earlier, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine demands to close YouTube pages of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels.