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112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZiK TV channels thank international organizations, world media for their support

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Thousands of world media criticized Zelensky's decision to close three TV channels, calling it dubious, illegal and suppressing freedom of speech in the country
22:00, 12 February 2021

112 Ukraine, ZiK, NewsONE TV channels
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112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZiK TV channels express their gratitude to international organizations involved in protecting the rights of journalists, as well as to colleagues representing the media for their support. 

Thousands of world media criticized Zelensky's decision to close three TV channels, calling it dubious, illegal and suppressing freedom of speech in the country.

Among others, Reuters, Associated Press, Washington Post, FoxNews and leading national media in many countries around the world wrote about this.

International organizations involved in ensuring freedom of speech, also called the decision "an extrajudicial and politically motivated ban and a flagrant attack on press freedom that must be urgently reversed."

In particular, Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists Anthony Bellanger said: "This arbitrary and politically-motivated ban is unacceptable in a democracy. The ban puts at risk the job of hundreds of media workers that have nothing to do with their media owners’ political affiliations. The IFJ calls on the Ukrainian authorities to lift the ban and respect freedom of information and speech."

In turn, the Secretary General of the European Federation of Journalists Ricardo Gutierrez said: "Banning broadcasts is one of the most extreme forms of restricting media freedom. These bans should only be applied in very exceptional circumstances. States have a positive obligation to guarantee effective media pluralism. The manner in which the licensing process is applied must provide sufficient guarantees against arbitrariness, including the proper reasoning by the authority of its decisions denying a broadcasting license. It seems clear that the presidential ban is not at all in line with international legal standards on Freedom of Expression and the broadcasting media." 

Also, as an undeniable victory, we consider the fact that the European Parliament's resolution on the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement included a call to put an end to politically motivated persecution of the media in Ukraine, including the deprivation of licenses. The authors of the resolution call for the development of a democratic, independent, pluralistic and balanced media environment in Ukraine.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell noted that the protection of the country's sovereignty should not be at the expense of freedom of the media, but "should be carried out with full respect for fundamental rights and freedoms and in accordance with international standards."

In accordance with the spirit of the resolution of the European Parliament, we consider it a victory to preserve the broadcasting of TV channels live on Youtube, despite several attempts by the Ukrainian authorities to stop it on this platform.

Once again we thank the international organizations and the media for their support, we continue to work and are not going to give up!

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