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Ukraine: Secretary General Jagland voices concern over blocking social networks and websites

Secretary General Strasbourg 17 May 2017
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Thorbjørn Jagland

Thorbjørn Jagland

Council of Europe Secretary General has voiced his concern about a decree by Ukrainian President Poroshenko on the blocking of several major online services and social networks on the territory of Ukraine.

“Blocking of social networks, search engines, mail services and news web sites goes against our common understanding of freedom of expression and freedom of the media. Moreover, such blanket bans are out of line with the principle of proportionality” he said.