The Committee to protect journalists, based in new York, urges the Ukrainian authorities to immediately cancel the order on the ban broadcast on the territory of Ukraine of the Russian TV channel «Rain».
Vakarchuk said the ban «Rain» in Ukraine
This is stated in the statement of the Committee to protect journalists, published on Friday, January 13.
Program coordinator at the Committee to protect journalists, Europe and Central Asia Nina Ognianova said that «Ukraine should immediately lift an order banning the broadcasting of Russian TV channel «Rain» because «this clumsy censorship» deprives the Russian-speaking television audience of Ukraine to get acquainted with the media programs, representing a point of view different from the Russian state.
In addition, January 13 American NGO Freedom House, in its statement called an act of censorship, the prohibition of broadcasting in Ukraine of the TV channel «Rain».
«The prohibition of power to the broadcast of the TV channel «Rain» — censorship, restricting the access of Ukrainians to the variety of points of view,» says Robert Herman, Vice President of Freedom House international programs.
«At a time when the Russian troops occupied part of the territory of Ukraine, it is vital that the Ukrainians had access to independent coverage of events in Russia, and one of the few remaining independent Russian media», — said Vice-President of Freedom House.
Formerly «censorship act», «violation of freedom of speech» and «the destructive line of the Ukrainian side,» the decision to ban the broadcasting in Ukraine of the TV channel «Rain» called respectively the speaker of the MFA of Russia Maria Zakharova, the Chairman of the state Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin and the press-Secretary of Russian President Putin, Dmitry Peskov.
Vakarchuk said the ban «Rain» in Ukraine
The leader of the rock group «Okean Elzy» Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, commenting on the ban on broadcasting in Ukraine of the Russian TV channel «Dozhd,» said that any mass medium is obliged to be guided by the laws of the country in which it operates.
The corresponding statement of the Ukrainian artist sounded in the program «Kozyrev Online» to «Rain».
«Any media that is valid on the territory of any country, not only the media, any other organization or structure required to follow the laws and regulations valid on the territory of this country. This fully applies to Ukraine, so I have nothing to add here», he said.
At the same time, he expressed gratitude to «Rain».
«I would like to dwell a little on the other, to translate it into the human dimension and just thank the TV channel «Rain» for something important to me and many viewers in Ukraine, which was in your air. Always remember the concert at Sheremetyevo group «Okean Elzy», teleconferences, associated with sad events, such as the murder of Boris Nemtsov. And everything that we discussed something that was important to hear the Ukrainian audience. So I would just like to thank you for this and you personally (the leading «Rain» Mikhail Kozyrev — ed.) as the person who influenced me before «Rain» and «Rain» we had wonderful moments. Just thank you, that’s what I wanted to say,» — said Vakarchuk.
The leader of «Okean Elzy» also expressed his opinion, it is possible in a short time the lifting of restrictions on retransmission of Russian and Ukrainian TV channels in these countries.
«Solomon once said: «Everything will pass, and this too.» Unfortunately, the great wisdom of Solomon I have nothing to add… I think all intelligent people and so everything is clear, there is nothing to comment», — concluded the singer.
As reported, the national Council on television and radio on January 12 ordered Ukrainian providers to stop relaying Russian TV channel «Rain» from the channel-recognition of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and broadcast of the Russian advertising.
As stated by a member of the national Council Sergei Kostinsky, the channel is called administrative border between the Kherson oblast and Crimea border between Ukraine and Russia, also showed the map of Russia where Crimea is shown as Russian territory. Later General Director of «Rain» Natalia Sindeeva stated that its editors recognize the occupied Crimea part of Russia because of the legislation of the Russian Federation.
According to him, in 2016, the national Council has repeatedly recorded violations of the Ukrainian legislation on the part of the channel, in particular, was broadcast Russian commercials, and TV journalists visited the illegally annexed Crimea in violation of Ukrainian legislation.
In December 2014, the national Council recognized the Russian TV channel «Rain» with the relevant requirements of the European Convention on transfrontier television and the current legislation of Ukraine.
In America, called prohibition the «Rain» in Ukraine «clumsy censorship» 14.01.2017