Head and editors of Ukrainian mass media appealed to President Petro Poroshenko with an appeal to stop the destruction of freedom of speech in the country, according to a statement by the media group " Era-media ".
The appeal was signed by the General Director of media holding " ZIK ", the General Director of TV channel " NewsOne ", 1-St Deputy General Director of TV channel "112 Ukraina" and the chief editor of " Era-Media ".
correspondents report that the level of danger to the freedom of speech in Ukraine has reached a critical point: in the past year, public organizations have documented almost 300 violations in this area. Also, they asked commissioners to revoke authority from the National Council on television and radio broadcasting, as the actual duties of this body has been reduced to censorship, constant unscheduled inspections and blackmail revisions concerning license renewal.
The authors believe that the General Prosecutor's office should publicly report on the investigation of crimes against correspondents, as well as to test the facts of pressure on media workers.
in the end they appealed to the diplomatic missions of the USA and European countries with a request to help in organizing the round table "Day of freedom of speech in Ukraine" under the patronage of the Parliament of the United States, PACE, Council of Europe and the European Parliament.
in early January, the chief editor of " the Country. Ua "Igor Guzhva left the Ukraine and asked Austria for political asylum because of" pressure from authorities ". According to his statement, the home he was threatened with physical violence and elimination. Ukrainian police opened a criminal case against Guzhva two criminal cases