Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov stated that he refrained from voting for the introduction of sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZiK TV channels as nobody provided additional information about the financing of terrorism. RBK-Ukraine reported that citing the official.
Meanwhile, the speaker noted that the meeting, during which the decision was made to impose sanctions against MP from Opposition Platform – For Life Taras Kozak took place without a proceeding.
“It is one of the formats – the so-called written survey. The parcel of documents had the draft decision, lists of people who face it and regulation of the Verkhovna Rada approved in 2018. No extra information. Neither the SBU position nor position of other partakers of the process I was familiar with,” Razumkov said.
The speaker added that if the sanctions are tied with the terrorist activity, according to the law, there should be charges and detentions.
“Sorry, but terrorists walk the streets and we cannot just observe them. I have not seen yet extra movement and I do not talk about particular people - I talk about approaches. Because people can be changed but the approach should not be changed,” he explained.
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 broadcasting impossible.
On February 26, the journalists of TV channels illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky united and created a new TV channel – Pershiy Nezalezhniy.
On the same day, Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel was disconnected from broadcasting an hour after its start under the pressure of the authorities and law enforcement agencies.