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Political bankrupt Zelenskyy tries to establish dictatorship - illegally shuts down media

The decree of the President of Ukraine Zelenskyy on the termination of the activities of the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels, the introduction of personal sanctions against their owner, member of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party Taras Kozak is an act of usurpation of power, outright censorship, a mechanism for establishing dictatorship and tyranny in the country, trampling on all international principles and democratic values.

Following the path of corruption, stealing money through the Big Construction, raising gas tariffs for the population, persecuting Russian-speaking citizens and supporting radical nationalists, Zelenskyy could not ignore the freedom of speech of those media outlets that reasonably criticized his actions.

This decision, which automatically transfers Ukraine to the list of dictatorships, testifies only to the complete bankruptcy of the current government, the reality of a catastrophic drop in the rating of Zelenskyy personally and the Servant of the People party.

The decision of President Zelenskyy is completely contrary to the current legislation.  Part two of Article 1 of the Law of Ukraine “On Sanctions” states: “Sanctions may apply by Ukraine against a foreign state, a foreign legal entity, a legal entity under the control of a foreign legal entity or a non-resident individual, foreigners, stateless persons, and also those carrying out terrorist activities”.

The 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels are Ukrainian legal entities, and Taras Kozak is a citizen of Ukraine, so the decision made by Zelenskyy is a gross, flagrant violation of Ukrainian legislation, since the Law of Ukraine “On Sanctions” does not apply to them.  The laws and the Constitution of Ukraine (Article 62) expressly prohibit restricting the rights and freedoms of citizens until their guilt is proven legally and established by a court decision.  No presidential decrees can terminate the operation of TV channels without a court decision.

Opposition Platform - For Life states that the deliberate, criminal actions of Zelenskyy, who has failed as the leader of the state, is an attempt to reprisal an opposition political force, which is the leader of political sympathies, according to opinion polls.

Representatives of political forces of Ukraine, civil society and thinking citizens should be aware that Zelenskyy’s government has firmly embarked on the path of usurping power, establishing a dictatorship, destroying opposition and reprisals against freedom of speech.

We address international organizations and their monitoring missions in Ukraine, diplomatic missions with an appeal to strongly condemn Zelenskyy’s dictatorship actions. We appeal to voice the inadmissibility of repressions against the opposition and independent media.

Opposition Platform - For Life party

Опубликовано: 2 February 2021