Ukrainian journalists work under very high pressure, - MEP Voaden

At the same time, she understands that this work is not easy
11:44, 7 November 2019

Ukrainian journalists work under the conditions of very high pressure and tension. This opinion was expressed by MEP from the Liberal Democratic Party of UK Caroline Voaden in Brussels.

"I know that Ukrainian journalists work under strong pressure and tension, and as a professional journalist, I understand it very well. I think working in a situation where you are prevented from doing your work is much more difficult. And the fact that journalists are still bringing their point of view in such conditions is a great achievement," the MEP said.

She emphasized that this work is not easy.

"My advice is to keep working, keep writing, keep exposing scandals, corruption, abuse. Do not hide anything. And we see that they are now putting pressure on the independent media in Ukraine, and I am very glad that we hear a democratic call to the Ukrainian government to stop until it's too late and put an end to the pressure on the independent media," Voaden stated.

Related: MEP Voaden: If Ukraine wants successful democracy, it should provide freedom of speech

As we reported earlier, Ukraine's leader Volodymyr Zelensky released the decree that creates the Council for Freedom of Speech and Protection of Journalists. The authority is supposed to operate as the conciliatory body of the head of the state. 

The document may be found on the website of the President's Office. Zelensky's explanation in its text says that the Council is set in order to "provide the commitment to the constitutional right for freedom of speech, set the effective interaction between the state authorities, media and civil society institutions, specifically that aimed at prevention of hindering the professional activity of reporters...". 

Related: Over 300 cases of pressure on journalists reported in Crimea during five years of occupation

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