Ukraine’s Supreme Court to Consider Validity of Sanctions Imposed on ZIK, and 112 Ukraine TV
April 12 – The Supreme Court of Ukraine held the first court hearing on the lawsuit of TV Company 112-TV LLC against the Presidential Decree that imposed sanctions on ZIK, NewsOne and 112 Ukraine TV channels. The decree was based on a decision of the National Security and Defense Council that sanctions were justified because the channels received funding from Russia and cooperated with terrorist organizations. The first hearing reviewed the petitions from both parties and granted a request from the plaintiff to adjourn to review evidence from the Security Service of Ukraine. The next hearing is scheduled for May 31.
The Supreme Court is considering ten lawsuits connected to this Presidential Decree, including lawsuits from Ariadna TV, Partner TV, New communications TV and radio company, Lider TV, News 24 Hours, New Format TV, TV Choice, and Taras Kozak, as listed on the Supreme Court’s Facebook page. Taras Kozak is formally listed as the owner of NewsOne, 112 and ZIK. He is a politician who is a close ally of Putin-ally Viktor Medvedchuk. Hearings on these lawsuits are scheduled for April 14 – May 25, 2021.
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