The journalists of the TV channels illicitly closed by authorities will hold the joint protest near the US Embassy in Kyiv on August 30 at 11:00.
The protest will gather the journalists of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK illegally closed by the NSDC decision, employees of Pershyi Nezalezhnyi TV channel that was cynically discontinued in an hour after the broadcasting by illicit actions of the SBU, the letter to the deputy head of the service, journalists of Strana.ua and sharij.net closed by illegal actions and others.
We invite all journalists who suffered from the illicit actions of the authorities to come on Monday, August 30, at 11:00 to the US Embassy in Ukraine that is situated at Sikorsky Street 4.
The journalist collectives will pass the joint statement to U.S. President Joe Biden through the US Embassy to make Biden understand during his meeting with Ukraine’s President Zelensky on August 31 with whom he holds talks – with a person who closed opposition mass media in the country.
The protest that was planned for August 27 is postponed to August 30!
On February 2, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree on the imposition of sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels. According to the decree, which came into force from the moment of signing, sanctions were applied to TV channels for five years. This provides for blocking the broadcasting of all three TV channels.
Earlier, on February 20, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on sanctions against 8 individuals and 19 legal entities. Among them are three Ukrainian citizens - the politician Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko and the common-law wife of the owner of the NewsOne, ZIK, and 112 Ukraine channels, Taras Kozak, Natalya Lavreniuk.
On February 26, journalists of the TV channels illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky united and created a new TV channel - Pershiy Nezalezhniy. The founders of the new media are a group of journalists who previously worked on the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK channels. However, within an hour after the start of broadcasting, Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel was illegally turned off under pressure from the authorities.
During the last months, the world mass media, European politicians, and experts published over 70,000 materials dedicated to the persecution by Ukrainian authorities of the opposition and independent TV channels.