The fact that President Zelensky uses government regulators to illegally seize corporate rights is unacceptable. It is impossible to imagine that something similar happens in the West or in the USA. The MEP in 2014-2020 Nathan Gill said so, commenting on the attempt of raider seizure of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"This is undemocratic. The Security Service of Ukraine is trying to take the TV channel from its rightful owner. And Volodymyr Zelensky approves this. These are unacceptable political actions of the current government against the legally elected MPs who are now in opposition. Where was Zelensky during the attacks on journalists? The building of the TV channel was shelled from a grenade launcher, and where is the incumbent president's reaction to this attack? Now he finds time to try to close the channel and take it away from the owner. As a member of the International Editorial Board of 112 Ukraine TV channel, I am shocked by this situation and I still consider it not only illegal but also immoral. This is an attack on the TV channel, which provides balanced and fair coverage of events not only in Ukraine but also abroad,” the MEP stressed.
He expressed gratitude to the Ukrainian judges for a fair decision, as they correctly rejected the lawsuit of the SBU (State Security Service of Ukraine). But, according to the MEP, this is only the beginning of the struggle, because the unjust war of the National TV Council against the TV channel has been going on for a long time.
"For the last 2 years, I have been closely following political events in Ukraine. I am concerned about the situation with freedom of speech. And during this period it has not improved. The illegal actions of the authorities against 112 Ukraine TV channel and its owner prove this. I expected that with the change of president, journalists will have the opportunity to work freely and report on information in a balanced manner. But Zelenskiy continues what Poroshenko was doing. He is trying to close the opposition TV channels," Gill said.
"I am a member of the International Editorial Board of the 112 Ukraine TV channel. I personally met with the owner of the TV channel Taras Kozak in the European Parliament. And I want to note that he is trying to defend the rights of his TV company and understands that information must be presented in a balanced manner. The owner of the TV channel strives to adhere to such standards as in the Western media. And I can confirm that you, the editorial staff of the TV channel, succeed in it," the politician summed up.
As it was reported, on August 6, Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv refused the motion of Security Service of Ukraine and the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to seize the property and corporate rights of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
The channel considers such a demand by the authorities an attempt at a raider takeover by the SBU upon the order of President Zelensky.
The channel also believes that the attempt to take away 112 Ukraine is President Zelensky's pressure on the opposition MP Taras Kozak.