Foreign leaders will follow closely the situation in Ukraine that emerged around the closure of three TV channels 112 Ukraine, ZIK, and NewsOne, and denounce President Volodymyr Zelensky that that is not the way things are done in the West as MEP from the UK in 2014-2020 Nathan Gill stated.
“I am confident enough that the foreign leaders will follow closely the situation in Ukraine. They will try to show that such type of sanctions is unacceptable in Europe. Such a situation is simply unacceptable. When Mr. Zelensky was elected – he stated that he would differ from his predecessors. He said that he is going to manage the country as other presidents did not. But I am afraid that the picture did not change in general. I believe that the Ukrainians just have moved from one battle of the leaders to another battle of leaders. What can be done in this battle? I believe that reality is that in terms of the democracy – leaders, presidents of the countries should listen to their people,” he said.
According to him, ‘if would be a listener or watcher of one of the TV channels that can be closed – I would write to the government, to MPs and express my concern. If a sufficient number of people do it – probably, the politicians would understand that their step was not really smart. I hope they would reconsider their position toward this situation’.
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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