The way the authorities now are putting pressure on 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and Zik TV channels was unacceptable even for former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. This was said by former Minister of Justice Olena Lukash on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"The fighting machine against journalists was headed by representatives of Poroshenko's government. The history repeats itself but in sharper, more arrogant, sneakier and defiant way during the presidency of Zelensky. I do not know which channel and how many times tried to be closed by Poroshenko but the situation, which we currently have with 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and Zik TV channels was unacceptable even for him," the lawyer emphasized.
Lukash also underlined that the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine was in a terrible condition at least for the last five years.
"And that is not only because we have got the war, poverty, increased crime situation, but this is also because the people who attack media accomplices and they allow themselves sharing us on allies and enemies, on right and wrong journalists, on a good and bad TV channel, on those who can be treated badly and who should be protected. And those who mock the mass media and who attack journalists without being punished will not take the responsibility due to one simple reason - they have got the accomplices in the government who will easily place them on the Peacekeeper website. And a journalist will face numerous problems while border crossing, while talking with friends, law enforcers and even while getting bank loans. Some banks, by the way, look into the Peacekeeper website as the decision about it is present in the system of the State Decisions Register," Olena Lukash explained.