Russian President Vladimir Putin assessed the actions of the Ukrainian authorities, which closed three local TV channels. According to TASS, during a meeting with the leaders of the State Duma factions, the head of state noted that such actions are a manifestation of double standards in understanding freedom of speech.
We will remind, in early February, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky imposed sanctions on several channels adhering to opposition policies. So, after the start of the restrictive measures, the TV channels “112. Ukraine”, NewsOne and ZIK stopped broadcasting. It is noted that the reason for the restrictions is not disclosed in the decree of the President of Ukraine.
By shutting down objectionable TV channels, Putin said, the Ukrainian authorities are using it to achieve their own geopolitical goals.
The Russian leader also cited Latvia as an example, where the authorities had previously closed several Russian media outlets. Putin asked himself the question, “where are the assessments of our Western truth seekers on this matter and assessments of what is happening in Europe with freedom of speech?”
Earlier, the Latvian National Council for Electronic Media decided to ban the retransmission of 16 Russian-language TV channels in the country. Prior to that, a ban was introduced on the broadcasting of the Russia-RTR channel.