On February 2, late in the evening, Zelensky, with his personal Decree No. 43/2021, officially banned freedom of speech in Ukraine and introduced censorship. Those. went to what even his supporter Poroshenko did not go. In the original on the official website of the president it sounded like this:
The President of Ukraine, by his Decree No. 43/2021, put into effect the NSDC decision of 02.02.2021 on the use of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) in relation to one individual and a number of legal entities.
The following was a list of these individuals. Among them was the People's Deputy of Ukraine from the PLO Taras Kozak (not to be confused with his Russian namesake, Deputy Head of the RF Presidential Administration Dmitry Kozak) and a number of legal entities affiliated with him (Taras Kozak), among which there were three all-Ukrainian television channels belonging to him - “112 Ukraine », ZIK and NewsОne, which are among the five most rated information channels in Ukraine (namely informational, not entertainment!).
And in the morning they woke up
Everything was remarkable in this Decree, starting from the time of its publication - 22:42 Kyiv time, and ending with personal sanctions against a citizen of his own country, while sanctions and restrictions (restrictions) are applied only against individuals and legal entities outside national jurisdiction ... There is a law for citizens of their own country, and apply it if a citizen has violated it. But the fact of the matter is that citizen Taras Kozak did not violate any law. But citizen Volodymyr Zelenskyy violates the laws of Ukraine with his decree, moreover, he says that no laws have been written to him. Now for the citizens of their country, the law is it!
But the President of Ukraine is no stranger to violating his own law and even the Constitution. The last time he did this was when he tried to disperse the Constitutional Court, which did not suit him, by submitting an appropriate bill to the Rada, thereby exceeding his constitutional powers, in fact running into impeachment. Then it was possible to play back, slightly changing the wording, pushing the decision necessary for the States to resume the electronic declaration of deputies and officials (to keep them in check) and at the same time preserving the composition of the Constitutional Court. Then the second-ranked person in the country, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmitry Razumkov, took an active part in this. Let's note this! Because this time, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada took a special position, the only member of the NSDC who did not support the President's decision. At the same time, it should be noted that there was no NSDC meeting. There was a written vote, apparently by electronic communication. Of the 19 members of the National Security and Defense Council, 17 voted in favor, one abstained (the Speaker of the Parliament was abstaining), one was on a business trip.
It is noteworthy that the first who supported this decision of Zelensky was the US Embassy. US Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine Christina Queen on the morning of February 3 wrote on her Facebook:
The United States supports Ukraine's actions yesterday to counter Russia's malicious influence in defense of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. We must all work together to prevent misinformation in the information war against sovereign states.
A special piquancy to this message is given by the fact that in the morning when it appeared, it was deep night in the United States (the difference with Washington was 7 hours), which means that the US Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine from the State Department did not receive any instructions on this matter. From which follows a sad conclusion for Kiev - the level of decision-making on it dropped from US Vice President Joe Biden and US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland under the 44th US President Obama to the Chargé d'Affaires (not even an ambassador!) Of the US Embassy under 46th US President Biden. For you to understand the worthlessness of this position, I will explain that the previous US Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine William Taylor was replaced from this position on January 1, 2020, having worked on it for 200 days (from June to the end of 2019). According to US law, a politically appointed official can be in such a position for no more than 200 days. This was the reason for Taylor's dismissal (he was not a professional diplomat). He was replaced by Queen. She is a professional diplomat, but the fact that the ambassador in Kiev was not appointed a year later (and, accordingly, was not approved by the Senate), speaks only of the degree of priority of Ukraine for Washington.
History of these events
Before the morning of February 3, Ukraine woke up without its three main opposition channels and learned that it had its own little Hitler, explaining on Twitter (and in English!) That “taking such measures was a difficult decision for him,” for "Ukraine strongly supports freedom of speech, but not propaganda funded by an aggressor country that undermines Ukraine's efforts towards the EU and Euro-Atlantic integration," a number of events preceded this. Back in October 2020, the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting began checking these channels (NewsOne, 112 Ukraine and ZIK). The reason for this was the broadcast by them of a fragment of the meeting between the head of the PLOZH Viktor Medvedchuk and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The supervisory authorities of Ukraine considered that
the actions of the TV channels were aimed "at forming a positive image of Vladimir Putin and the aggressor state." The council explained that “the statements [of the President of Russia] in their stylistic and semantic meanings <...> can create a strong impression of a positive attitude of the head of the aggressor country towards Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, a desire to improve relations between countries.
Let me remind you that it was then about providing Ukraine with a vaccine against Covid-19 and lifting sanctions from its three enterprises (the sanctions were lifted, Ukraine refused the vaccine, following the recommendations of the same US Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine Christina Queen). Representatives of TV channels considered this as the first bell, but no one there imagined that the reprisal would be so fast. Even before that, they walked along the edge, criticizing the current government, but they did not cross this edge, they acted within the framework of the existing legislation.
And now Taras Kozak, commenting on the events, says that the broadcasting ban came as a surprise to him. According to him, he learned about the decision of the Ukrainian leader from News.
There have been talks about this for a long time, but no one thought that they were so outrageous and could break the law so unscrupulously by imposing sanctions against a citizen of Ukraine and Ukrainian companies. " He added that he considers the broadcasting ban "an attack on the truth" and "another act of censorship.
In a joint statement, the three channels also noted that they regard the measures of the NSDC and President Zelensky as “political reprisals against unwanted media ”.
But the authorities did not stop there, and the very next day the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy sent a request to YouTube to close the pages of the NewsOne, ZIK and 112 Ukraine channels on the video hosting platform, which was reported on Telegram by the head of this department, Alexander Tkachenko.
After all, these channels in air, satellite or Internet broadcasts pose an information threat to the national security of Ukraine, since they are not media or regular broadcasting, but part of Russia's propaganda war against Ukraine. " The minister expressed confidence that “the popular platform should know exactly who and how finances and produces hostile content, despite the fact that it is guided by its own policy to close the channels.
A representative of Google, whose daughter is YouTube, has so far refrained from commenting.
It is significant here that all these characters, from the President of Ukraine to his ministers and chargés d'affaires of the United States of America, communicate with each other on Twitter, telegrams and Facebook, sometimes without even switching to Russian. From which it becomes clear to whom they serve and to whom they are accountable. Well, it is clear that not before the people of Ukraine.
I confess that I am even glad that this decree has appeared. Naturally, I do not support him. But I am glad of the wave that rose after him. People were silent when masks were pulled over their muzzles and forced to sit at home; people were silent when they began to fine for the lack of masks, and the fines themselves four times exceeded the minimum wage in Ukraine, amounting to 17 thousand hryvnyas (however, then the amount of the fine was reduced by 100 times, but it's still a shame!); people were silent when the authorities refused the Russian vaccine and invited them to die while waiting for the American one; people were silent when the tariffs for electricity, water, gas and heating were raised by 1000 times (they puffed up and shut up, wiped off by promises of reduction); people were silent when they were forbidden to speak Russian and began to prosecute for violating the law on the language or disrespect for the Ukrainian language (they stupidly began to beat the face for this and nothing, normal!); people were silent when schools were banned from teaching in Russian, and the schools themselves were transferred to a three-level education system, thereby violating the Constitution of Ukraine, which guarantees compulsory secondary education for citizens of the country (schoolchildren who graduate from the 8th grade had nowhere to continue their studies, because in all cities of Ukraine, the number of lyceums, high schools turned out to be less than the number of schoolchildren, or lyceums are not provided at all if it is a city with a population of less than 50 thousand people), the country of evergreen tomatoes turned out to have no need for smart people, picking strawberries in Poland is possible with three classes of education! But as soon as the TV channels were banned, a boom began in the country. And it was not arranged by people, people are no longer up to it - they have nothing to eat. It was arranged by the journalists themselves. How - now they have come for them, and tomorrow they will come for you, why are you silent? And why are you, gentlemen, journalists, were silent all these 7 years when you came for us ?! Rather, they spoke, but only quietly, on topics that were approved by your masters - Medvedchuk, Rabinovich and other Cossacks and Muraevs.
Just don't think, I have nothing against Medvedchuk, Rabinovich, Muraev and Kozak, I am very much for them. But in the country of victorious insanity, where the ball is ruled by a crowd of costumed, paid-for fascists, and the US attorney-in-law rises and blesses all of this, they are assigned the role of simulacra chained in the framework of generally accepted postulates, such as, "We are at war with Russia", "Not a step back! "," Crimea is ours! "," Ukraine ahead of us! " (primarily). The most they can do is criticize tariffs and European choices. Their task is to blow the whistle of the steam of the people's anger. They successfully cope with this task, but the people have no other choice, there is no one to vote for, the political field has been cleared to zero. What can they do? There are 44 deputies of the OLE faction in the Rada with a total number of deputies of 450 (there are 244 “Servants of the People” for comparison) Yes, they are threatening with impeachment. But they have zero chances to realize it. Pobukhtyat-pobuchtat and wither. And Zelensky will rule for another 3,5 years.
Masks reset, gentlemen!
As a result of all these events, 1300 people were left without work. Of course, channels can still maintain activity on the Internet, but YouTube channels do not need such expensive decorations and such expensive extras. Therefore, part of the specialists involved in the closed channels will, of course, join the army of the unemployed. The funny thing in this situation is that all these people, every single one, a year and a half ago, voted and "drowned" for Zelensky. And it is thanks to them (and their viewers and listeners) that the Good Clown came to power, having moved the Evil Pastry Chef to this post. But the music did not last long. Very quickly people figured out that behind the mask of the Good Clown was a Cowardly and Stupid Clown, who surrounded himself with the same stupid clowns, like himself, who had no idea how to govern the country. What, in fact, is required by the curators of this banana republic, leading it to the slaughter and managing it through their temporary attorney.
A clown trying on dictatorial clothes looks at least ridiculous and ridiculous. Which one is the dictator? Look at him, a typical slug, who got into his pants from the first loud shout of street costumed fascists and bent bent over in the pose "What will you please?" in front of a sign that reads US President. He, as they say, did not come out with charisma, his destiny is to communicate only with the sign "President of the USA" and, if he is lucky, then with the Charge of the United States in the affairs of the banana republics, because Silly and Cowardly Clowns are not allowed beyond the hallway.
The entourage makes the king. And you look at his retinue - there is nowhere to be branded. Or comedians from "Quarter 95", selected there on the basis of personal loyalty; or leavened patriots inherited from the previous owner of the office on Bankova Street, deciding what language to speak to the citizens of this unfortunate country and what books to read (“The Master and Margarita” is already banned!); or the nestlings of Soros's nest, selling the remnants of national property to take away (the land has already been sold, now they have taken up human resources, and soon they will begin to trade in human organs).
This country is doomed! No one is able to change the vector where her overseas curators lead her. Wanguyu, in 3,5 years this Dull and Pathetic Clown will hand over the keys from the office on Bankova to the next Chosen One of the People, having a zero rating, even less than that of Yushchenko, with a ruined country-garbage dump, from where the last able-bodied population will scatter, but with debts to the IMF and signs in Ukrainian. This territory, surrounded by a zhovto-blakite fence with barbed wire, will become a showcase of the free world and an edification for descendants, where dreams of lace panties and free cookies can lead.