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National Council makes decision to deprive 112 Ukraine, ZiK TV channels of licenses on personal order of Zelensky

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The authorities represented by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky continue to destroy independent media in Ukraine
17:11, 12 February 2021

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The authorities represented by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky continue to destroy independent media in Ukraine. Today, the National Council on TV and Radio Broadcasting has violated the law against assuming the decision on the annulment of the licenses of 112 Ukraine and ZiK TV channels.

This decision was made after the illegal order of President Zelensky to close 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels. We consider this chain of the decisions of the National Security and Defense Council, Zelensky and his hand-raised National Council as the political massacre over mass media undesirable by the President.

Many foreign mass media and organizations, which expressed their support, hold similar views.

The European Parliament and the national parliaments expressed their critical position toward the actions of the Ukrainian authorities against freedom of speech and absence of the reaction of the authorities to the rallies of far-right activists and the creation of the execution lists of the journalists.

The International and European Federations of Journalists condemned the ban of Ukrainian 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels. Their statement calls such a decision of President Volodymyr Zelensky politically-motivated.

112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels have been facing direct pressure caused by political reasons for a long time. It means numerous inspections, ungrounded fines, shooting of 112 Ukraine TV channel from the grenade launchers, blocking of TV channels by far-right organizations, depriving of 112 Ukraine TV channel of digital license as a result of the direct pressure on the judges and the National Council by the previous head of the President’s Office and attempts of the illegal takeover.

All these actions have the only reason – the political fight of the President for the second term and the intention to restrict the freedom of speech to prevent the appearance of critical opinions from mass media independent from the authorities.

112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels intend to fight for their right to broadcast for Ukrainians and denounce the truth to the citizens and broadcast.

We appeal to the President of Ukraine: closure of undesired TV channels will not improve the situation in the countries; figures in payment document for gas will not reduce; vaccination from coronavirus will not start; atrocities of the far-rights will not stop.

Recently, the European Parliament stated the next in its resolution: “The European Parliament regrets the deterioration of the political climate in the country when intimidation, hate language and political pressure is widely used for political purposes; strongly urges the authorities to condemn and ban activity of extremist groups that promote hatred and web-sites, such as Myrotvorets, that provoke tension in the society and abuse personal data of hundreds of people, including the journalist, politicians and representatives of minorities”.

Exactly this problem needs the efforts from the side of the President of Ukraine but not the political fight for the second term.

“The President is got mad that our TV channels show real Ukraine where we live: with exorbitant payments, over large-scale corruption, external governance. Zelensky does not like it, as well as his western curators – G7 Ambassadors who behave with the President of Ukraine as with potboy, giving him tasks. But in civil society, freedom of speech, including mass media, should not be regulated by the desire of one person. I believe that justice is served and Volodymyr Zelensky will ne held accountable for his actions,” owner of three TV channels Taras Kozak said.

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.

After the blocking, it is possible to watch TV channels on YouTube:

112 Ukraine:

NewsOne:

ZiK:

The media holding company considers the introduction of sanctions as political massacre over undesirable mass media.

112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels intend to fight for their right to broadcast for Ukrainians and denounce the truth to the citizens and broadcast.

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