“Instead of defending democracy and freedom of speech, the United States again signs the opposite and supports the Ukrainian authorities, who shut up the media that broadcast an inconvenient point of view for the leadership. You can’t say anything, Washington is a true role model in these matters, ”said Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.
According to the politician: “Volodymyr Zelensky’s illegal closure of three Ukrainian TV channels is a demonstration of how the head of state does not keep the word given to citizens during the election campaign. There has long been no talk of any freedom of speech in Ukraine. Harassment and threats against journalists, whose opinions do not coincide with the official point of view of the Ukrainian authorities, were commonplace during Poroshenko’s rule. Nothing has changed under the new president of Ukraine, despite his assurances not to interfere with the work of the media and readiness for dialogue.
The closure of objectionable media outlets that objectively report on the events in Ukraine, Russia and the world, once again demonstrates how the Kiev authorities are afraid of the truth. At the same time, a direct violation by the Ukrainian leadership of freedom of speech and the right of citizens to access information is supported in Washington, calling Kiev’s actions “a fight against Russian propaganda.” It has long become customary that any anti-Russian moves by Washington puppets in Kiev always receive US approval and financial support. The next violation of human rights in Ukraine should be assessed by human rights international organizations, the OSCE and the UN.”