Statement of the OPPOSITION BLOC
There are searches in the media in Kyiv again. This time, the SBU attacked representation office of the Russian news agency.
The purpose of these actions is obvious – to silence all uncontrolled and independent media, as well as the critics of the current regime. Despite calls by the international community to stop attacks on freedom of speech in Ukraine, the authorities are following the worst way – twisting the nuts and initiate another “witch-hunt”. Today’s attack on the leading Russian news agency seems to be far from the last link in this shameful chain.
Having brought the country and people to poverty, blaming their own corruption on the war, profiting on this war, the authorities are ready for any steps to save themselves.
That is why the enforcers are holding another show, during which they will identify the participants of the “enemy networks”, pursuing two goals – to put the “naughty” media under control and to distract citizens from poverty and socio-economic catastrophe.
The OPPOSITION BLOC demands the authorities to stop pressure on the media, regardless of their belonging. We have repeatedly declared the destruction of freedom of speech in Ukraine by “the most democratic power”. Provocative attacks on the TV channels “NewsOne” and “112 Ukraine” have become the norm, law enforcement agencies regularly “visit” the editorial offices of “Strana” and “Vesti”. This despite the fact that no killers of Oles Buzina and Pavlo Sheremet have been found, and those journalists who allow themselves to criticize power are being threatened and persecuted.
In addition, we remind the current authorities that the EU, as Ukraine seeks, “is based on respect for the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, as well as freedom and pluralism of the media” proclaimed in the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights. If the power is democratic, then it should not be frightened by the number of foreign mass media accredited and working in the country.
The OPPOSITION BLOC states – by their actions the Ukrainian authorities demonstrate to the whole world that democracy, freedom of speech are being curtailed in Ukraine and an authoritarian state is being created, where the censorship, prohibitions and power pressure dominate any manifestation of dissent.
The OPPOSITION BLOC has always supported, and will support the protection of rights and freedoms. We will do everything we can to restore democracy, freedom of speech and the rule of law in Ukraine, so that people feel free and secure.