People’s Front faction MP Viktoria Siumar who heads the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy said speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the parliament commenting on the detention of the RIA Novosti-Ukraine Head Vyshynskyi, a parliamentary correspondent for Censor.NET reports.
"We need to see the evidence collected by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). This (detention – Ed.) is a heavy-handed measure which has actually never been used over the years of the Russian-Ukrainian war. I guess the SBU has enough evidence if it resorted to a measure such as detention. It has nothing to do with news reporting but may be linked to human intelligence. You know that Ukrainian journalists were detained in Minsk and Moscow and were incarcerated. We did no such things, so the evidence must obviously be unveiled.
"Such measures are adequate if substantiated by evidence, given that we are at war. They (the SBU) obviously have evidence since they obtained search warrants. Let's see the evidence. If the evidence is not sufficient, then of course we can talk about [violation of the] freedom of speech. If there is enough evidence, then, you know, we have many instances of journalism being used as a cover for quite different activities – the one aimed at extending the influence of the aggressor-state’s agents. If there is no evidence, then this is a completely different story. We need to see what evidence the SBU has gathered," the lawmaker said.