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The press service of the opposition party reported Thursday evening that the opposition would do its utmost to prevent the curtailment of the freedom of speech in Ukraine. “We are ready to offer a helping hand to Kniazhytsky and the journalists of TVi channel. At the same time we are addressing all international organization, OSCE, PACE, EU countries to increase international pressure on the incumbent regime of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to prevent the introduction of political censorship in the country,” the party statement says.

The opposition also compared the criminal cases against the TV channel CEO and the cases of opposition leaders Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko.

“The motive of the authorities is one and the same – using law enforcement bodies and later politically motivate court judgments to obstruct political opposition activities and in this case objective and impartial operation of a well-known TV channel and its head, to assume state control over them,” the statement says.

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