PACE members castigate Kiev crackdown on media – world
KIEV, September 30. / TASS /. There can be no serious political and democratic process in a country where citizens are not allowed to freely express their opinions, said Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Kimmo Kiljunen , commenting on the sanctions Kiev imposed on 112 Ukraina, NewsOne, ZIK and Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channels, as well as on news channels Strana and Shary, reported 112 Ukraina.
PACE General Rapporteur on Media Freedom and Safety of Journalists Stefan Schennach, in turn, underlined that only courts can shut down media in Austria and that the Council of Europe has a platform. special form allowing journalists to report violations of freedom of expression.
A resolution presented by Claude Kern, a representative of France, underlines that PACE is concerned about the sanctions that Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council has imposed on the media without trial. In addition, the document calls for the establishment of a special commission to assess the situation of freedom of expression in Ukraine.
On February 20, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky approved the decision of the National Security and Defense Council to impose sanctions on eight people, including the chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform – Party for Life Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko. Kiev’s Pechersky District Court ruled on May 13 that the politician should be placed under house arrest. Sanctions against the 112 channels Ukraina, NewsOne and ZIK TV were introduced on February 2, forcing them to cease their broadcasts. Journalists working for the three channels created a new one, Pershiy Nezalezhniy (First Independent), but authorities literally took it off the air after its launch.