French senators have appealed to the French Journalists' Union, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the OSCE over violations of freedom of speech in Ukraine and the closure of a number of channels and media. This was announced on the air of the Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel by the Vice-President of the Committee on Constitutional Laws, Legislation, Universal Suffrage, Rules and General Administration (LOISa) of the French Senate Nathalie Goulet.
“I would like to say one thing – all of parliamentarians and our colleagues who come to Ukraine are very concerned about the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This is very important to us,” Goulet said.
She also continued: “Problems related to violations of press freedom and freedom of speech will be reported to our respective commissions. We have already addressed the French journalists' union, as well as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the OSCE. This has been done in order to rectify the situation,” Goulet stressed.
At the same time, she noted the importance of the role of the law and the Verkhovna Rada in the issue of observance of freedom of speech.
“The Verkhovna Rada is the legislature and it is necessary that the norms of the Law and the legislation be observed. It is absolutely necessary that this situation be controlled by the Constitutional Court, courts, the Council. And only in this case the situation will improve,” Goulet concluded.
As it was reported, on February 2 the president Volodymyr Zelensky signed the decree on application of sanctions against TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK. According to the decree, which came into action upon signing, the TV channels were sanctioned for five years. This involves blocking the broadcast of all three TV channels.
On February 26, journalists from TV channels illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky merged to create a new TV channel, Pershiy Nezalezhniy. The founders of the new media were a group of journalists who previously worked on the channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK. But literally an hour after the broadcast began, the authorities illegally disconnected the TV channel from the air.
On August 20, sanctions were imposed against the editor-in-chief of the online publication Strana.ia, Ihor Huzhva, the publishing companies of Strana.ua, blogger and journalist Anatoliy Shariy and his wife Olha. As a result, the publications Strana.ua and Sharij.net were blocked.
Leading European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts and the world media have criticized Zelensky's decree to shut down 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and Zik.
In recent months, the world's media, European politicians and experts have published more than 80,000 articles on the harassment of the opposition and independent TV channels by the Ukrainian authorities.