Ukraine is closing 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels – it is the attack on the democratic principles and freedom of speech in the country, the direct violation of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine as Forum reported citing MEP and member of the Bundestag Robby Schlund.
The message on the official website states that three opposition TV channels are banned by the order of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Particularly, the ban provides the revocation of licenses for broadcasting and blocking of TV channels for the next five years. The order is based on the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine…supposedly due to the national safety,” the message said.
Robby Schlund said that Zelensky as a ‘smart and popular president who being a comedian (humorist) should understand how diversity and pluralism of opinion are important. The revolting critics damage the democratic processes’.
“The Bundestag is shocked by the decision of President Volodymyr Zelensky on the closure of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels…This decision harms the democratic processes in the country,” the German politician said.
He underlined that the sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels are inappropriate for Ukraine right now.
“I nope that soon in Ukraine all discussions that exist and different opinions will be solved in Ukraine,” the politician concluded.
Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform-For Life Viktor Medvedchuk stated that Zelensky wants to clear the information field and stop the reduction of popularity. He is looking for the reason of his ratings dip in the wrong place and the TV channels, which objectively and constructively criticize the authorities, have nothing to do with it. the MP underlined that the rating of the president is falling rapidly because he refuses to answer questions important for Ukrainians.
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 the 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.
At the same time, Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Dmytro Razumkov said that sanctions against TV channels are always bad.