An abrupt extralegal ban on the activities of three Ukrainian TV channels is an emergency situation.
Ukrainian journalists, media managers, and media owners have the right to freedom of speech and freedom of occupation. And they are held accountable for their activities. Responsibility within the bounds of the law!
Depriving a multimillion-dollar audience of Ukrainian media without a corresponding trial, depriving hundreds of journalists and media outlets of the right to an occupation, means an attack against freedom of speech.
The political affiliation of Ukrainian media owners, whose outlets are registered in Ukraine, is not a crime.
The fact that Ukraine’s authorities have made this decision is an information burst and strikes international institutions that deal with the protection of journalists' rights and freedom of speech.
Ukraine’s National Union of Journalists would inform the International Federation of Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, and our partners, the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, on the situation.
National Union of Journalists maintains a coherent position in defending the rights of Ukrainian journalists: we have been defending and keep defending our colleagues, imprisoned in Russia (Roman Sushchenko), in occupied Donbas (Stanislav Aseyev, Valeriy Makeev, Maria Varfolomeeva, and others) and annexed Crimea (Mykola Semena, Crimean Tatar citizen journalists).
We deplore physical attacks against journalists in Ukraine, fight systemic impunity, and labeling journalists as "right" and "wrong" ones. We always stay on the side of journalists and freedom of speech in disputes between a journalist and an official. Unquestionably, we urge colleagues to be responsible.
Consequently, we are not talking about the political support of Ukrainian politicians in this post. It is about the right of Ukrainian media and journalists to have rights and obligations – with respect to the Law, and not to voice a sudden blockade with respect to the decree...
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