MOSCOW, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - A ruling by a Ukrainian court to suspend broadcasts of four Russian TV channels in Ukraine is an attack against human rights and media freedom, a senior Russian diplomat said on Tuesday.
The District Administrative Court in Kiev ruled to suspend broadcasts of Russia's Rossiya 24, Channel One, RTR Planeta, and NTV-World in Ukraine pending hearings on a permanent ban.
"Undoubtedly, this should be viewed only as an infringement on democratic freedoms and as a violation of Ukraine's international obligations. Certainly, millions of [Russian-speaking] residents of this country have the right to watch [Russian] TV and have access to [other] Russian-language media," said Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian foreign ministry's point man on human rights.
"Forces that came into power in Kiev as a result of an anti-constitutional coup, have declared their commitment to basic human rights and freedoms, to principles of democracy. Naturally, this announcement contradicts such statements," Dolgov said.
Ukraine is split into Russian-speaking east and Ukrainian-speaking west.
National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine has ordered cable and satellite TV service providers to exclude Russian TV channels, popular among Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine, from their packages.
The watchdog said the Russian channels' coverage of the recent events in Ukraine, including the political crisis and Crimea's reunification with Russia, harms national security.
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic condemned the move in mid-March, saying that that "banning programming without a legal basis is a form of censorship; national security concerns should not be used at the expense of media freedom."
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- sasha74ok... now this realy is hilarious:)))))13:31, 26/03/2014For heaven's sake, this is the 21st century.... Our local operators don't even have russian channels (obviously:D) and yet Rossiya 24, Channel One, RTR Planeta, and NTV are the only channels I watch... as if someone can realy prevent me from seeing them if I realy want to... it's ridiculous!
- PantzerDiplomacywestern standards of freedom of media in practice14:30, 26/03/2014once media are not in line with sponsors' wishes are not independent anymore and have to be closed.
- tec123O' boy they out for putin but they all will lose.22:38, 26/03/2014Lets see if the west and EU will call a spade a spade here. Because if this was done in Russia the Western press will be jumping none stop about a lack of press freedom in side Russia to say the least.
- PR101This is Ukranian01:49, 27/03/2014decision...not about West-Russia. It is understandable considering Ukraine just lost part of their country to Russia. Russia has had de facto control of Ukraine for decades and look at its condition. The fact that Ukraine is in its current condition is a Russian failure of guidance and letting thieves in government steal from the people.
- R.Deus-von HomeyerRE:DOES RUSSIA ALLOWS UKRAININA TV CHANNELS on Russian territory?18:54, 27/03/2014The first action what the Russians did by occupying KRUIM ,was to SHUT ALL Ukrainian TV and other broadcasters.
Why they are protesting now,when UKRAINA does the same?
The Russians ,who want to watch Russian TV should move to Russia!
Here,in Berlin is the same. Hords of Russiand immigrated to Germany.In Berlin I hear MORE Russian spoken in the METRO as German.
They are talking ONLY Russian to their children,so that they can not speak ONE German word,when start school.
So...let's immigrate to Germany,because the Social welfare there is soooooooooooooo generous( for a child the Government gives €325),but we want to pretend we are in Russia!