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President hopes TV anchor's quandary to end soon

The president pledges to protect the freedom of speech in any manifestation.

President hopes TV anchor's quandary to end soon
Petro Poroshenko
Photo: president.gov.ua

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said on Facebook that he hopes the situation with popular TV presenter Savik Shuster will be resolved soon.

"The freedom of speech is one of the greatest achievements of Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity and is a cornerstone of democracy. As the guarantor of the constitution, I have protected and will protect the freedom of speech in any of its manifestations. Therefore I hope that relevant services will resolve the incident with journalist Savik Shuster in the shortest possible term," he said.

Media learnt yesterday that Shuster had his Ukrainian work permit cancelled. The TV anchor, whose talk show airs on the 3S TV channel, indeed lost his permit, the channel's managing director, Pavlo Yelizarov, confirmed.

The State Employment Centre explained the permit was cancelled because he was subject to a police investigation.

Shuster, who holds Canadian and Italian citizenships, has worked in Ukraine since 2005.