The 112 Ukraine International Editorial Board filed an appeal to international organizations protecting the rights of reporters, and diplomatic offices, as the Ukrainian government keeps on applying pressure against the opposition-leaning TV channel.
The appeal says that the Board considers the case against 112 Ukraine TV channel as non-reasoned and politically motivated attempts of the Ukrainian government to keep the pressure on this medium. In that light, the Board welcomes the decision of the court that declined the motion filed by the Security Service and the Office of Prosecutor General; the staff claims further offensive on the rights of reporters and restriction of freedom of speech in Ukraine.
The full text of the statement of the International Editorial Board of the TV channel about the attempt by the Security Service of Ukraine and the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to obtain a court decision that would allow the arrest of the property and corporate rights of 112 Ukraine TV channel can be found here.
The document was sent to the following diplomatic offices and international organizations:
- U.S. Embassy in Ukraine
- Embassy of France in Ukraine
- Embassy of Germany in Ukraine
- Embassy of Italy in Ukraine
- Embassy of Spain in Ukraine
- Embassy of Austria in Ukraine
- Embassy of the United Kingdom in Ukraine
- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović
- Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić
- International Federation of Journalists
- Freedom House
- High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell
- General Secretary of International Federation of Journalists Anthony Bellanger
- President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Rik Daems
- President of the European Council Charles Michel
- Head of UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Matilda Bogner
- Amnesty International in Ukraine
- European Federation of Journalists
- Reporters without borders
- Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine Matti Maasikas
The International Editorial Board expresses support to the staff of 112 Ukraine TV channel, marking that it would pay maximum efforts to turn the world's attention to urgent protection of the most popular news channel of Ukraine. As it is under attack, it proves there are serious threats for the media independence in Ukraine.