#Commentary of Vladislav Berdichevsky on tendency to intensify restrictions on freedom of speech in Ukraine

In Ukraine, the process of limiting freedom of speech not only does not stop, but continues to gain momentum. Contrary to the growing demands of the world community, the Kiev authorities continue to repress journalists for their professional activities, restrict entry to the territory of Ukraine to media employees who represent an alternative point of view, and in any way try to achieve their monopoly on the interpretation of all events taking place.

You don’t need to travel seas to find examples. The Kherson City Court arrested the apartment, two cars and property seized during authorized searches from the head of RIA Novosti Ukraina Kirill Vyshinsky, who is accused of high treason for the performance of his professional duties.

Also, more recently, the Security Service of Ukraine banned chairman of the Union of Journalists of Russia Vladimir Solovyov entry into the country for three years. Motivation decision is no longer surprising: Solovyov is accused of activities in the Crimea, which threatens the information and state security of Ukraine. Of course, journalistic activities are directly threatening the Kiev regime because they can cover events from an uncomfortable side for the Ukrainian government, and this is dangerous.

But the Kiev regime is not limited to the ban on entry only to Russian media workers. Because of the visit to Crimea, the entry to Ukraine was closed to British journalist John Warren Graham Broderip. This arbitrariness of the Ukrainian authorities has already begun to cause an increasing negative reaction even in the West, where freedom of speech is considered one of the main values (rather traditionally than actually). In particular OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir criticized the decision of the Ukrainian authorities to ban the entry for Vladimir Solovyov. The OSCE representative said that he was disappointed by this decision, and noted that it had a negative impact on the free flow of information.

Summing up, it can be said that the persistence with which the Ukrainian authorities restrict freedom of speech in the country and harass journalists for their professional activities can ultimately lead them to a conflict with Europe, where Ukraine strives so much without even bothering with following European decency.

Vladislav Berdichevsky, the DPR People’s Council deputy, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Policy, International Relations, Information Policy and Information Technologies

Official website of the DPR People’s Council

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