French politicians in the Senate duly assessed the media freedom issue in Ukraine and supported 112 Ukraine TV channel. Artem Marchevsky, the General Producer said that while participating in the discussion at The Pulse TV show in the studio of 112 Ukraine on Tuesday evening.
‘France provided a qualified assessment of what’s going on. It’s not our first ride to Europe. As strange as it sounds to us, it causes a huge public reaction in Europe. They support us; they are ready to step in for us. The European Parliament MPs from the UK came here last week to sort things out; they planned a number of meetings. However, they only met with Mr. Artemenko (the head of Ukraine's National Council for TV and Radio Broadcasting, - 112 International). The rest of officials ignored them. After our previous ride, a French senator promised us to come to Kyiv to look into the issue. She promised that personal sanctions will be implemented - against those responsible, against leaders of the state, I gather, - if there's any further pressure on TV channels and attacks on reporters', Marchevsky said.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada urged the country’s National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to introduce sanctions against several Ukrainian TV channels. 229 MPs supported the draft law No. 9157 on 'Approval of recommendations to introduce personal special economic sanctions and other restrictive measures (sanctions)'.
Thirteen European parliamentarians appealed to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to revoke the decision on imposing sanctions on 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels. The leaders of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne channels arrived in Brussels personally to talk to the lawmakers and get their support. The issue of freedom of speech in Ukraine is raised at the international conferences, forums, and in the offices of European parliamentarians. The MPs carefully study the situation regarding the sanctions against Ukrainian broadcasters and sign the petition.