Closure of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels incompatible with international human rights standards, – UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission

It is noted that media plays a crucial role in any democracy and its capacity to operate should not be unduly restricted and journalists should not be penalized for carrying out legitimate activities

UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission states that the decision to shut down 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels contradicts international human rights standards. This was reported by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission.

“Measures such as censoring of broadcasting for reasons that go beyond Articles 20 (2) of the ICCPR are not only incompatible with international human rights law but also contribute to amplifying misperceptions, fostering fear and entrenching public mistrust of institutions,” the statement reads.

It is noted that media plays a crucial role in any democracy and its capacity to operate should not be unduly restricted and journalists should not be penalized for carrying out legitimate activities.

In line with international human rights standards, non-violent criticism of the State or its policies cannot serve as grounds for restricting freedom of expression.

I addition, it was emphasized that the procedure used for restricting expression, blocking orders should follow all procedural guarantees set out in international human rights law.

“I note with concern that the decision to restrict the right to information was not taken by an independent and impartial body. I am further concerned that the decision does not appear to provide clear indications of the threats posed by the programmes aired by the three television channels. I would like to recall that the use of national security and counter-terrorism as justifications to restrict the right to freedom of expression, without meeting the strict threshold established by article 19 (3) of the ICCPR, would be incompatible with Ukraine’s obligations under international human rights law,” the document reads.

On February 2, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on the imposition of sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK TV channels. According to the decree, which came into force from the moment of signing, sanctions were applied to TV channels for five years. This provides for blocking the broadcasting of all three TV channels.

On February 26, journalists of the TV channels illegally closed by President Volodymyr Zelensky united and created a new TV channel – Pershiy Nezalezhniy. The founders of the new media are a group of journalists who previously worked on the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK channels. However, within an hour after the start of broadcasting, Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel was illegally turned off under pressure from the authorities.

Leading European politicians, international and Ukrainian experts and the world media criticized Zelensky’s decree on the closure of the TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK.

Over the past four months, the world media, European politicians and experts have published more than 70,000 materials on the persecution of the opposition and independent TV channels by the Ukrainian authorities.

5 comments

  • The UN bylaws need to be updated to reflect today’s reality of global Moskali propaganda filth. In one hand they insist on stopping propaganda and then in the other hand preach about free expression. I guess free expression includes lying and besmirching neighbors you are at war with. Goebbels would be very proud of the UN.

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  • This Human Rights Monitoring mission is headed by Irene Khan, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

    A little about Irene Khan. She compared Guantanamo bay to the gulag of our time, and got herself quite a lot of bad publicity. Then she headed the thoroughly rotten Amnesty International were she resigned and received a £533,103 pay off. She also originates from a country that still practices honour killings, raping family members, forced marriages etc. I suggest she concentrates on her own country, instead of defending blatant threats to Ukraine’s national security.

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    • Bravo. Sounds like she relishes the idea of being a 5th columnist. Reminds me of our Somalian representative Omar. I wonder if she ever considered propaganda as a tool to encourage kidnappings and torture that the Moskali commit in Ukraine? Peacetime may be different but to submit this report during an illegal occupation and attempted annexation?

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  • Thus, the useless entity called UN is directly helping propaganda sites to operate in a country that is at war with just the trash country that these sites promote. Well done, UN! This is just one more bit of proof of its counterproductive methodologies.

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