MOSCOW, February 12 – RIA Novosti. The banned Ukrainian TV channel ZIK has filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court demanding that the ban on broadcasting be declared unlawful, the Strana.ua online edition reported on Friday, citing the channel's source.
“ZIK TV channel, which together with” 112 Ukraine “and NewsOne was closed by the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court. The broadcaster in his lawsuit demands to declare illegal and invalid the decree of President Volodymyr Zelensky on the enforcement of the decision NSDC “, – the publication says.
According to the newspaper, the filing of claims from TV channels “112 Ukraine” and NewsOne is expected in the near future.
On February 2, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the application of sanctions for a period of five years against the TV channels “112. Ukraine”, NewsOne and ZIK and the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the faction “Opposition Platform – For Life” Taras Kozak, who owns these channels. The TV channels that have come under the sanctions are oppositional to the authorities, they are associated with one of the leaders of the Opposition Platform, Viktor Medvedchuk. The party condemned this decision and called it a manifestation of dictatorship and infringement of freedom of speech in the country. The TV channels stopped broadcasting, but remained available on YouTube.
The list of restrictions that apply to TV channels includes blocking assets, restricting trading operations, preventing capital withdrawal from Ukraine, suspending the performance of economic and financial obligations, canceling or suspending licenses and other permits. Also, TV companies are prohibited from using the radio frequency resource of Ukraine and rebroadcasting TV programs.