Ukrainian parliament proposes to ban journalists of blocked TV channels from entering Rada

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
05 February 2021, 21:15
Canan Kevser
05 February 2021, 21:15

Ukrainian parliament proposes to ban the journalists of the three blocked TV channels from entering the building of Verkhovna Rada.

This is suggested by Roman Lozinsky, Member of Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) from the Holos faction, during a plenary session on Friday.

According to the MP, the journalists of the sanctioned television channels - 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK should not be allowed into the parliament building.

"The overwhelming majority of MPs with a pro-Ukrainian position insist that so-called journalists from pro-Russian channels to not work in the Ukrainian parliament," he said.

Lozinsky added that despite the sanctions imposed on the television channels, their journalists and cameramen continue to work in parliament, in particular, on the third floor [where the press center is currently located].

Background

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on February 2 signed off on the sanctions proposed by his national-security team against three television stations nominally owned by Taras Kozak, a member of the pro-Russian faction Opposition Platform For Life.

As of the morning of February 3, the broadcasting of NewsOne, ZIK and 112 Ukraine was blocked.

The blocked channels are believed to belong to Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of the faction’s political council and one of the richest and most influential individuals in the country. The politician denies that he owns the television stations.

The move is the latest in a series taken by Kyiv since late January against figures considered Russian agents and follow the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden, a staunch supporter of Ukraine.