OSCE and Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech hold joint Zoom-conference

Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech and the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Ukraine held a joint Zoom-conference, at which they raised the issue of threats to freedom of speech in Ukraine.

The participants were the Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech, representatives of Kyiv office of the OSCE SMM and journalists of the Ukrainian media, whose TV channels were disconnected from the broadcast on February 2, 2021 by the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), which, we remind, does not have such powers.

The Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation briefed the OSCE SMM on the Foundation’s goals, shared her vision of protecting freedom of speech and described the threats to the freedom of speech in Ukraine.

In particular, Herman noted: “Freedom of speech is my life. And when the channels were first closed before our eyes, and the websites came under pressure, then the journalists of the Suspilne TV channel (UA:Pershyi) were dictated which guests to invite, the journalists get beaten in the state bank – how should we call such actions if not a cynical destruction of freedom of speech?”

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