No country that seeks to become EU member should in any way restrict freedom of speech, - MEP from UK

Source : 112 Ukraine

MEPs want to be friends for Ukraine, who make comments and criticize
21:17, 18 December 2019

Shaffaq Mohammed MEP
112 Agency

No country that seeks to become an EU member should in any way restrict freedom of speech. Shaffaq Mohammed, MEP from the UK, during a round table in Strasbourg regarding media freedom in Ukraine, said this.

“My colleagues from Brexit have the same position on the issue of freedom of speech. I am very glad that I have the opportunity to say what is happening. I met with journalists in Ukraine earlier this year. The situation with freedom of speech in Ukraine it’s not getting better. And any country that wants to become an EU member must absolutely respect the human rights of journalists. Closing the press, trying to turn journalistic activity into a criminal offense is unacceptable. Not a single country that seeks to become a member in the future om the EU, should in no way limit freedom of speech and restrict the rights of journalists,” - he said.

Related: Statement of Nathan Gill MEP on freedom of speech at the EU-Ukraine Association Parliamentary Committee meeting

“We want to be friends of Ukraine who make comments and criticize. We are ready to share our experience, how we function, and discuss many issues. There are all points of view in British media, no one forbids speaking out. Because restricting freedom of speech leads to poor management. Therefore, I always support that the media are free, independent and balanced," - he stressed.

As it was reported earlier, on September 26 the National council on questions of television and radio broadcasting deprived TV channel "112 Ukraine" of digital licenses for broadcasting.

The channel continues to broadcast and is available to its viewers on satellite, cable and the Internet.

The decision of the National Council has already been condemned in the European Parliament, who promised to pass this information to European officials.

The journalists of the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels held a rally of solidarity against censorship. Three TV channels go off the air for 30 minutes.

The move is an answer to the Ukrainian authorities and their attempts to oppress freedom of speech in Ukraine.

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