The staff of 112 Ukraine TV channel protests against the activity of Yuriy Artemenko, the head of the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine. The channel's management insists that the official has been conducting the Council's actions in the way that prevents 112 Ukraine TV from broadcasting; previously, he stated that the Council would not issue the license for this medium.
The open letter's full text follows.
'To Artemenko Yuriy:
Usually, journalists do not write open letters. Usually, journalists do not ask for help. They usually defend themselves:
- people who fell victim to the arbitrariness of the officials;
- a country that has become the object of aggression of another country;
- a state that is trying to destroy oligarchic and political clans fighting each other.
In the end, they protect the faith of people in justice and future. But you wanted to deprive us of this faith.
When in 2014 you asked all journalists, all media to “abandon all the concepts” and strengthen the information component, we took it as the right idea. It was us who had the fullest information about the events on Maidan, in Crimea and in Donbas conflict area. We decided to use the most honest mechanism for giving information - live broadcast.
You got scared. After all, when you cannot “edit” the event - you cannot be sure of the loyalty. You destroyed your own right idea and ultimately accused us of the same thing you called for - that we stopped showing cartoons.
You have become a liar. In official statements, you guaranteed the freedom of speech and even the freedom of speech on 112 Ukraine TV channel. At the very same time, you did your best to stop the TV channel.
And you are not even hiding it. On May 12, on air of Channel 5, you told the whole country that you do not want to sue the channel, saying it's long and difficult. You cynically declared: "the issue with 112 channel is solved. The National Council simply will not renew its license." Although the question has not even been considered yet, the decision has already been announced!
You crossed the line. You publicly admitted that you “solve” the questions and the law means nothing for you. And you do not care what happens to the country, our audience and even our families.
We believe that you are a bad official.
We think that you are not in your place.
We believe that by pressuring journalists, you are undermining Ukraine's reputation.
We believe that you have no place in the National Council.
Therefore – resign from your position. Make at least one honest and courageous act in your life.
The staff of 112 Ukraine TV channel
From the Editorial Board:
The letter was signed by the staff of the 112 Ukraine TV channel. We continue collecting signatures of People's Deputies, politicians, public figures and activists under the demand for resignation of Yuriy Artemenko.