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Mogherini: Protection of media freedom in Ukraine is part of our constant work

Mogherini promised to raise this issue during the talks with foreign ministers, including Ukraine’s foreign minister
12:56, 10 October 2019

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The EU will assume the number of steps to protect the freedom of press in Ukraine as Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the  Union for Foreign Affairs stated.

“I would also like to say a few words on the fact that the protection of minorities inside Ukraine and media freedom are part of our constant work with the institutions but also with civil society,” she said.

Related: Zelensky about 112 Ukraine TV channel broadcasting license deprivation: National Council said something was overdue

Mogherini noted that the issues raised by the MEPs got close attention.

“I also want to guarantee to you that all suggestions and inputs, on different topics, be it on the kind of support we can give to the support process inside Ukraine or to the Minsk Agreement implementation and the resolution of the conflict, will be reflected in our discussion with the 28 Foreign Ministers of Member States on Monday but also and mainly with our Ukrainian counterpart as the Foreign Minister [Vadym Prystaiko] is joining us on Monday,” she stated.

Besides, Mogherini thanked the MEPs for interaction in different issues concerning not only Ukraine but also the defense and security of other states as her cadency comes to the end.

Related: Ukraine’s parliament recommended to create committee on investigation of activity of number of TV channels, including 112 Ukraine

Earlier MEP Nathan Gill accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in terms of attempts to exercise control over the media who do not support his interests. 

On September 26 the National council on questions of television and radio broadcasting deprived TV channel "112 Ukraine" of digital licenses for broadcasting.

112 Ukraine, Zik and NewsOne TV channels ceased broadcasting for 30 minutes. The action, as the media workers said, is a response to the attempts of Ukrainian authorities to suppress freedom of speech.

 

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