It is astonishing to close independent media channels and count on the support of the EU. MEP Maximilian Krah commented on the illegal closure of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels.
“My first impression – I did not believe what I heard. I thought it is fake news or a joke. Then I checked information at the president’s account on Twitter and the European website of Radio Liberty. It is really told that he did it. I was shocked as the next week we have debates on the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU here, at the European Parliament hall. It is astonishing to close independent media channels and count on the support of the EU. I will do everything that depends on me to make the plan of Mr. Zelensky fail,” the MEP promised.
He underlined that the governments usually inclined to do things that, as they believe, have a legal basis.
“The difference is that in any other country, I know, I might go to the court and I will get a decision in 24 hours. But in this case of clear and obvious violation of the fundamental constitutional rights, the court will definitely stop the president and the government in the things that Zelensky does. If Ukraine does not have a judge, who will stop the president now, when he violates the fundamental constitutional rights, I would say that Ukraine is not a democratic country. It does not have a judicial system,” Krah added.
He also reported that the European Parliament will follow closely and use it against the propaganda that, supposedly, the Revolution of Dignity made a democratic state out of Ukraine. There is nothing democratic in the closure of independent mass media.
“First of all, it is unacceptable when the government puts pressure on free media ad when the government puts pressure on mass media not liked by the president. To be honest, there are many politicians in the West who always talk about the freedom of speech but they act like Zelensky. That is why we need to check how valuable freedom of speech is in the current conflict. You can be sure that we will definitely bring this issue at the next meeting and will make this issue priority in the next discussion of Ukraine and the EU,” Krah specified.
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 demanded 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.
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