Zelensky on freedom of speech in Ukraine: Some journalists violate balance with authority; it is insolence

Source : 112 Ukraine

The issue is about the security of the state
17:46, 20 May 2020

President of Ukraine during a press conference

Some journalists disrupt the balance with authority and it is insolence. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine as 112 Ukraine TV channel reported.

Zelensky shared his impressions from the work of Scheme journalist Mykhailo Tkach. “I see no problem, Mr. Tkach stays where I live, where I move, where I work; however, everyone knows it. Every day he is on duty like the Administration of State Guard,” he said about Tkach’s work.

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At the same time, according to Zelensky, the presidential guard reported many times about the violations committed by the journalist, including the traffic regulations.

“I think such a thing does not exist in the world. Despite insolence, does it exist anywhere? I believe nowhere. Even such things take place. I think that it is impossible to get personal between the authority and the journalism; it is impossible to violate the law whoever we are,” the president said.

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Zelensky is sure that he cannot change the behavior of the journalists; it shows the lack of education – “it means that the parents of these people did not do something”.

“I am not a dictator. However, I believe that this balance was violated by Mr. Tkach, with all due respect to the journalists. It is not tied with any ethics; it is about the security of the state,” he concluded.

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