Statement on current situation in Ukraine
We, members of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament, are seriously concerned about the facts of the systematic anti-democratic persecution in Ukraine. On September the 4 2016 right-wing radicals attacked "Inter" TV channel. The channel's office was burned by nationalists, only a miracle helped to avoid human casualties. Threats of physical violence are also coming against journalists and editors of "NewsOne" channel. In fact, all of the independent media are facing direct violence or the threat of violence from nationalist organisations. We condemn attacks on the media synchronized with the pressure by the authorities on the democrats and progressists.
We as GUE/NGL members call for Ukraine to unswervingly respect the principles of political pluralism, the independence of the media and the rights of the Ukranian people. The threats facing today's Ukraine can have serious negative consequences for its people. We as GUE/NGL express our solidarity to all democrats and progressists who are fighting for democracy in Ukraine.
Nikolaos Chountis (Popular Unity), Javier Couso (Izquierda Plural), Fabio De Masi (DIE LINKE), Joao Ferreira (Partido Comunista Portuges), Joao Pimenta Lopes (Partido Comunista Portuges), Sabine Lösing (DIE LINKE), Dimitrios Papadimoulis (Syriza), Tania González Penas (Podemos), Neoklis Sylikiotis (AKEL), Estefania Torres Martinez (Podemos) and Miguel Viegas (Partido Comunista Portuges)