Ukrainian officials say the work permit was withdrawn because Shuster had not informed them about tax authorities investigations
A prominent TV talkshow host in Ukraine declared on Tuesday (April 26) he was going on hunger strike in protest over a decision by state authorities to strip him of his work permit, a move he described as politically motivated, Reuters reports.
His move comes as Ukraine's commitment to Western-backed reforms comes under scrutiny following political upheaval that has delayed billions of dollars in international loans.
The state employment agency said it had withdrawn the work permit of TV journalist Savik Shuster, a Canadian citizen, because he had not informed them he was being investigated by the tax authorities.
"The authorities have returned to a standard post-Soviet state where they don't want to hear anything critical, anything reasonable," Shuster said on his online channel.
"I declare a hunger strike until my right to work in Ukraine is returned to me," Shuster said.
Born in the Soviet Union, Shuster started working in Ukraine in 2004. He hosts the 'Shuster Live' political television show which asks audience members to rate government policy.
As a foreigner who funds his own programs through donations from viewers, he is seen as a relatively independent voice compared to other media outlets, most of which are owned by Ukrainian oligarchs. Full story