The situation with the closure of TV channels and pressure on the opposition in Ukraine is horrible. To change it, it is necessary to tell the world about what is happening as MEP from the UK in 2014-2020 Nathan Gill told to Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel.
“The problem we really need to address right now is making world leaders aware of the facts of what is happening in Ukraine. And I think it’s important as well for the people of Ukraine to understand the significance of having a media that is so heavily weighted in one direction. Anybody there’s to raise any opposition voice they could shut down illegally. So, crucial now that the governments of the world, that the UN use its influence to inform the powers that be so that they can put pressure on Zelensky it is required for him to step back,” Nathan Gill said.
"It’s crucial now that the governments of the world, that the UN use its influence to inform the powers that be so that they can put pressure on Zelensky it is required for him to step back. Right now, he feels emboldened, he has closed down quite a few stations and he’s gotten away with it, or he thinks he’s gotten away with it. But the reality is that he will not be in power forever, nor will his party and there will be repercussions one day and we don’t want it to get to that. We just want the people of Ukraine to have freedom of expression and freedom of the press, which is simply what we take for granted in the rest of Europe. And I think it’s crucial that Ukrainians get that. And the only way is now for world leaders to start piling up the pressure against the Zelensky regime" he added.
As it was reported earlier, 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, 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 80,000 materials dedicated to the persecution by Ukrainian authorities of the opposition and independent TV channels.