Statement of the OPPOSITION BLOC
A new wave of searches in the editorial office and apartments of journalists of the publication “Stran.ua” is evidence of the Ukrainian power’s fear of the independent media. Exactly a month ago, searches were already conducted in the editorial office, so the current “assault” of the security officials is a full-scale campaign planned by the authorities to discredit independent media and clean up the information space in Ukraine.
Behind the screen of loud statements about democracy and European values, the government systematically destroys freedom of speech in Ukraine. Evidence of this is the unsolved murders of the journalists Buzina and Sheremet, attempts to deprive the television channels Inter, 1 + 1, 112-Ukraine, News One.
In modern Ukraine, against editors and journalists of independent mass media, “fake” criminal cases are fabricated as if for a copy, in order not just to intimidate, but also to destroy even the hint of an alternative view of power.
The OPPOSITION BLOC warns law enforcement officers - sooner or later, it will be necessary to be responsible for the execution of criminal orders.
We draw the attention of the representations of foreign states and international human rights organizations to the seriousness of the situation in which independent media and journalists criticizing the government have turned out today.
The OPPOSITION BLOC will not allow to destroy democracy in Ukraine, we will protect the right of citizens to freedom of speech.