The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has imposed personal sanctions against heads of the Russian mass media — in this respect he issued a decree. In the decree of 17 names — among them the head of the Union of journalists of Moscow, the chief editor of “Moskovsky Komsomolets Pavel Gusev.
Pavel gave us his reaction.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
The defendants in the list now denied entry to Ukraine. It is the heads of news agencies (“Russia today” Margarita Simonyan, Director General of TASS Sergey Mikhailov), TV channels (the head of VGTRK Oleg Dobrodeyev, former Director General of NTV Vladimir Kulistikov, etc.) and Newspapers (the chief editor of “Moskovsky Komsomolets” Pavel Gusev and the “Komsomolskaya Pravda” Vladimir Sungorkin) Separately… “noted” Poroshenko TV presenter Irada Zeynalova.
Pavel Gusev commented on situaciju so:
– I am surprised that the President of Ukraine has imposed sanctions against one of the few independent media outlets in Russia and the person who is the owner and editor-in-chief of this publication.
I have always expressed independent opinions and have never considered myself an enemy of Ukraine. All my childhood I was brought up in Ukraine, in Berdichev. Moreover, I studied at the Ukrainian school, even in the Ukrainian language!
I repeat, I never had anything against Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, but what is happening today in Ukraine, amazes me and often shocking.
It is surprising that a country that aspires to democracy, as claimed by Poroshenko, at the same time, struggling with reporters.
This is very similar to the regimes that once existed in Spain in the 30-ies, in Portugal, in Germany – all this is reminiscent of the days preceding the Second world war.
The suppression of journalists and personalities who are engaged in journalistic business is a proprietary indicator of policy, the fear of freedom of speech, journalists and media executives, the absolute indicator of the futility of further development of such a political system.
As Chairman of the Union of journalists of Moscow want to appeal to international journalistic organizations, to international organizations that protect human rights, so that they considered this decree Poroshenko as another act of suppression of journalism, freedom of speech and violation of human rights.
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