The Committee to protect journalists calls on Ukraine to allow broadcasting of “Rain”


© RIA Novosti. Eugene Biyatov

The Ukrainian authorities should “immediately revise the decree on the prohibition of broadcasting in the country independent of the Russian TV channel “Rain”, said in a statement on Friday the statement of the Committee to protect journalists (CPJ).

As indicated in the document, “the day before “Rain” reported that the national Council for television and radio broadcasting Council ordered the Ukrainian partner of the channel — the “freedom” to stop broadcasting by mid-February”.

Regional coordinator: Nina Ognianova called it “gross censorship”, which it said “deprive Russian-speaking viewers in the Ukraine “versus” the state-controlled Russian media.”

Earlier, the Ukrainian specialized website about media Detector “media” with reference to the decision of the National Council of Ukraine on television and radio announced that the regulator ordered the ISPs to disconnect the Russian TV channel “Rain” because of its position on the Crimea. It is noted that “Rain” was excluded from the list of channels allowed to broadcast, because of the violation of advertising legislation and information broadcast that Crimea is part of Russian Federation. The decision on the withdrawal shall come into force one month after publication, roughly 13 Feb.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov called the situation “a continuation of the destructive line of the Ukrainian side”.