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Human Rights Watch: ban on social networks by Poroshenko attack freedom of speech in Ukraine

17.05.2017 18:03

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had to immediately cancel sanctions against Russian social networks VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and and Yandex companies. With such an appeal to Kiev, the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch acted.

"This is an unforgivable violation of the right of Ukrainians to choose information. Poroshenko must immediately cancel this ban", the expert of the organization for Europe and Central Asia Tanya Cooper declared. According to her, Poroshenko inflicted a "terrible blow to freedom of speech in Ukraine".

"This is another example of the ease with which President Poroshenko unreasonably tries to control public discourse in Ukraine, Poroshenko may try to substantiate this step, but this cynical, politically advantageous attack on the right to information affects millions of Ukrainians, their personal and professional lives", the representative of a human rights organization said.

At the same time, referring to the opinion of Oksana Romanyuk, Director of the Mass Media Institute noted that such prohibitions can not be introduced without changing the legislation, as only the court can order the Internet provider to take action against the websites.

On May 16, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko enacted the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) decision on sanctions against social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, as well as, Yandex companies and their services. According to the press service of the head of Ukraine, providers are not allowed to provide access services to these resources.