Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media

first_img“We deplore this escalation in the information war,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Even if the desire to combat propaganda is legitimate, it does not justify the use of censorship, and banning these TV channels is liable to stir up violence against journalists. This violation of freedom of expression violates Ukraine’s international obligations. We urge the authorities to find other ways to preserve news media independence and pluralism.” June 8, 2021 Find out more UkraineRussiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment News A decree signed by then President Petro Poroshenko in May 2017 ordered the immediate blocking of leading social media and at least 19 Russian news sites. The three TV channels, whose combined ratings amount to only 1% of the country’s viewers, are all owned by an ally of the pro-Kremlin oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk. On the 25th February, a Kiev court ordered Internet access providers to block access to 426 websites, including the Russian version of, in response to a complaint by a businessman who accused them of publishing hostile information about him. The police quashed the complaint later in the day, while the prosecutor-general’s office opened an investigation into the allegations. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Organisation News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia February 26, 2021 – Updated on March 5, 2021 Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about a Ukrainian decree stripping three “pro-Kremlin” TV channels of their licences for the next five years. RSF worries about an abuse of the government’s power to impose sanctions that could lead to an increase in partisan tension and calls on theauthorities to respect their international obligations. Clashes between the police and nationalist activists in front of Nash TV headquarters (Credit: Sergei SUPINSKY/AFP) Читать на русском / Read in RussianThe decree escalating the “information war” between Moscow and Kiev by rescinding the broadcast licences of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK took effect as soon as it was signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky on 2 February. Issued by the National Security and Defence Council after the opening of an investigation by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) into “financing terrorism,” the decree uses provisions in article 4 of Ukraine’s sanctions law for economic sanctions in cases of “participation in terrorism.” center_img Help by sharing this information News Ukraine is ranked 96th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index News June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says UkraineRussiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Two of the TV channel’s reporters were attacked during the ensuing altercations. Reporter Oleh Nechay was hit after his microphone had been snatched from him while he was doing a live report. And demonstrators roughed up Aleksei Polchunov. Deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko responded to the attacks by ordering criminal investigations into the obstruction of journalists’ work. Media and journalists are increasingly the victims of partisan conflict and growing polarization in Ukrainian society. Two days after this decree was signed, Serhiy Sternenko, the former regional head of the political party Pravy Sektor in Odessa, called for the publication of all the data of the journalists working for the three channels. Moreover, in response to a call from this movement, Ukrainian nationalists gathered in Kiev outside the headquarters of Nash TV, another channel regarded as being pro-Kremlin, and demanded its closure. June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Related documents Читать на русском / Read in Russian​PDF – 133.8 KB Receive email alertslast_img

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