EU believes Ukraine should protect its national security not at the expense of mass media freedom

Source : 112 Ukraine

The European Union is not really pleased with Zelensky’s sanctions against MP Taras Kozak
17:41, 3 February 2021

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The European Union is not satisfied with the sanctions of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky against MP from the Opposition Party – For Life Taras Kozak and TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK as Radio Liberty correspondent in Brussels Rikard Jozwiak reported on Twitter.

According to Jozwiak, the EU believes that Ukraine should protect its national security, not for the account of mass media freedom.

“While Ukraine’s efforts to protect its territorial integrity and national security, as well as to defend itself from information manipulation are legitimate…this should not come at the expense of freedom of media and must be done in full respect of fundamental rights and freedoms and following international standards,” Jozwiak reported.

Related: International Editorial Board of TV channels issues statement regarding Zelensky's decision to close 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZiK TV Channels

On February 2, Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsONE, and ZiK TV channels. By this decree, he enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on sanctions on the cancellation of the broadcasting licenses of the TV channels belonging to Taras Kozak (112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK). According to the decree that is eligible since the moment of signature, the TV channels faced sanctions that will be active for five years. These sanctions make broadcasting impossible.

Earlier, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine demands to close YouTube pages of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels.

Related: Zelensky thanks Ukraine's Security Service, Defense Council for prompt response to sanctions against TV channels

At the same time, Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Dmytro Razumkov said that sanctions against TV channels are always bad.

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