The international human rights organization Reporters Without Borders has published updated data on the index of media freedom for 2019. Ukraine has fallen one place and is ranking 102nd place.
According to MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Volodymyr Husak, the rating of Ukraine is a direct consequence of the desire of the authorities to take control of the media. “Having chosen the course for Europe, the Poroshenko regime did everything to ensure that Ukraine was neither economically nor politically there. The most interesting thing is that the total harassment of the independent media, purchased TV channels, “well-fed” experts, or the army of Poroshenko’s supporters in social networks could not help the current president save his power. Everything collapsed like a house of cards,” Volodymyr Husak stated.
According to him, Ukraine’s 102nd place in the media freedom rating is evidence that Poroshenko tried in every way to take control of the information space. “The journalists were persecuted, intimidated, beaten, killed. It is not surprising that Ukraine is not even in the first hundred countries on media freedom. Lebanon, Mozambique and Kenya are next to us in the ranking,” the politician stated.
The oppositionist noted that in Ukraine political influence on the mass media is extremely great. It has significantly increased before the presidential election. “The media are being pressured by the National Assembly on television and radio broadcasting, journalists are being harassed for expressions, foreign journalists are not allowed to enter our country,” the politician noted.
According to Volodymyr Husak, today neither Ukrainian nor foreign journalists feel protected in Ukraine. “Media representatives have been subjected to real repression over the past five years. The murders of Oles Buzyna and Pavlo Sheremet are not investigated. What kind of media freedom rating can we talk about? I hope that after the parliamentary elections, when truly democratic authorities are elected in the country, we will be able to radically change the situation for the better,” the MP summarized.