MEPs sent a petition to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
"We are seriously concerned about the facts of the systematic pressure on the opposition in Ukraine", reads the statement of the group of European politicians, scientists and public figures to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, published at the largest international platform of civil initiatives Change.org.
"On September 4th, right-wing radicals had the attacked “Inter” TV channel. The channel’s office was burned by nationalists, only the miracle helped to avoid human casualties. Threats of physical violence are coming against journalists and editors of “NewsOne” channel. In fact, all of the independent media are facing direct violence or the threat of violence from nationalist organizations", reads the petition.
The group of the signatories is very concerned by the fact that "right-wing radicals are controlled and directed by high-rank Ukrainian state officials and leadership of law enforcement authorities".
Public officials and European politicians have expressed the view that attacks on the media synchronized with the pressure of the authorities on the opposition leaders. According to them, “one of the leaders of the parliamentary opposition Vadim Novinsky faced with threats of criminal prosecution soon after he tried to stop attempts of the authorities to interfere in the affairs of the Orthodox Church".
Condemning these obvious violations of accepted standards of democracy and pluralism, the signatories call on the leadership of Ukraine unswervingly adhere to the principles of political pluralism, respect for the independence of the media and the rights of the opposition.
The appeal was signed by:
Marco Zanni, MEP for Movimento Cinque Stelle
Inge Höger, MP Die Linke
Ulla Jelpke, MP Die Linke
Alexander Neu, MP Die Linke
Stefano Fassina, former vice finance minister and MP
Alfredo D'Attorre, MP Sinistra Italiana
Antonios Markopoulos, MP Syriza, chairman foreign policy committee of the Greek parliament
Thomas Schmidt, Vice President ELDH European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Right, German section: Association of Democratic Lawyers
PD Dr. Gernot Bodner, Assistant Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU Vienna
Dr. Leo Gabriel, Scientific director of the Institute for Intercultural Research and Cooperation, Member of the International Council of the World Social Forum, Co-chair of the NGO-Commitee for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, Coordinator of the international initiative PeaceInSyria
Dr. Werner Murgg, member of Styrian regional parliament
Panagiotis Sotiris, member of political secretariat of Popular Unity, Greece
Jacques Nikonoff, candidate of the Party of Deglobalization (Pardem) at the election of the French Republic
You can read full text of the petition here.