112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK journalists address European Council President Charles Michel with request to meet amid illicit closure of TV channels

Source : 112 Ukraine

The proper letter was sent by media employees to the official's spokesman Barend Leyts
22:14, 26 February 2021

RIA news

The journalists of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK appealed to the president of Europe Council Charles Michel with the request for a meeting amid illicit closure of three opposition TV channels in Ukraine.

The proper letter was sent by media employees to Michel's spokesperson, Barend Leyts.

“We, journalists of the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and Zik independent TV stations, would like to kindly request a pleasure of having a meeting with H.E. President Charles Michel during his forthcoming visit to Ukraine.

In grave breach of basic principles of rule of law, the Ukrainian authorities have banned the broadcasting of these three leading TV stations – the decision that has got increasingly sound condemnation on the part of respected international human rights watchdogs. We will be honoured and pleased to meet President Michel in order to convey our concerns over the blatant attack on the freedom of press in Ukraine,” the letter says.

According to the journalists, “President Michel’s kind communication with the affected journalists would demonstrate the consistency of the EU’s support for the protection of human rights and freedoms”.

Today, on February 26, the journalists of TV channels illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky united and created a new TV channel – Pershiy Nezalezhniy.

On the same day, Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel was disconnected from broadcasting an hour after its start under the pressure of the authorities and law enforcement agencies.



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