August 27, the District Administrative Court of Kyiv rejected the appeal of "112 Ukraine" against the decision of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council (NTRBC).
The channel demanded to invalidate and reverse the decision of NTRBC to refuse reissuing licenses. And "112 Ukraine" is to appeal this judgment.
“The judgment was based on violation of substantive and procedural law. Our reasoned and systematic legal position is based on strict requirements of the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting”. In the light of all the negative actions which are directed against "112 Ukraine" channel, we are preparing for the "judicial marathon" and fully admit that just defense of our interests could be obtained only with the help of European community and international judicial institutions,” stated legal service of the channel.
The decision of the District Administrative Court is clearly illegal, claims the legal service. "In our opinion, it is taken in haste and under enormous pressure. The central government, one of the sides in this process, has been imposing its one-sided position on the court system and on the public. The court took into account only the submissions of the subject of authority. This flagrant disregard of rules of law, clearly violations of the norms by NTRBC, forces the group of companies "112 Ukraine" to contest the legality of:
- five decisions on the appointment of the supervisory authority illicit inspection;
- ten decisions on groundless refusal to reissuing licenses;
- 16 decisions of the NTRBC to impose "warning" sanctions;
and all decisions of the public authority, according to which the company was fined.
Now all these claims are considering by the court of first instance. They have not made their decisions," adds to the legal service channel.
July 23, NTRBC again denied "112 Ukraine" in reissuing program concepts, fined for TV licenses failure, which it itself refusing to reconciliate. Such a decision of the regulator is a step to deprive TV broadcasting licenses.
European and Ukrainian politicians and public figures have repeatedly condemned the actions of NTRBC, as it is a motivated attack on free speech.