Zelensky Nationalizes TV Media-Bans Some Parties

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky banned 11 opposition political parties and nationalized media. Any activities supporting the parties labeled “pro-Russian” are now illegal.

Zelensky nationalizes TV news and restricts opposition parties
On Saturday and Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invoked his emergency powers under martial law to suppress several opposition political parties and implement a “unified information policy.”

In an address to the nation delivered Sunday, he announced a temporary ban on “any activity” by 11 political parties.

Zelensky’s information policy involves “combining all national TV channels, the program content of which consists mainly of information and/or information-analytical programs, [into] a single information platform of strategic communication” to be called “United News.”

Reuters notes that, until Saturday, privately owned Ukrainian media outlets “continued to operate” independently.

Zelensky said the measure was necessary to combat Russian misinformation and “tell the truth about the war.”

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