Currently, there is no threat to the freedom of speech and media business in Ukraine as the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated at the meeting with the leaders of some Ukrainian TV channels.
It is noted that the meeting was dedicated to the decision of the National Security and Defense Council dated February 2, 2021 ‘On the use of personal, special, economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) toward some channels (112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK).
“It has nothing to do with other TV channels. In Ukraine, there is no threat neither to freedom of speech nor to the media business,” Zelensky 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.
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.
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