Members of Parliament demand the Presidential Administration (PA) explain what is going on with the petition in support of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels on the official website of the President of Ukraine. A number of MPs directed the relevant claim to Head of PA Ihor Rainin; it became known at the session of the Ukrainian Parliament on December 21.
The claim reminds that the petition was created on October 9; about 27,000 people signed it, however, only 23,000 of them were verified and registered. The verification process has stopped, and there is a possibility of the petition being abolished for not gaining the necessary number of votes, which is not true.
Such formal circumstances allow the irreversible violations of the inalienable rights of citizens of Ukraine and threaten the activities of the broadcasters of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels.
The current situation needs an instant effective resolution and provision of official answers and explanations from Ukraine’s Presidential Administration,’ reads the claim.
MPs from different political forces signed the document: Yuriy Pavlenko (Opposition Bloc), Dmytro Dobrodomov (non-affiliated), Boryslav Rozenblat (Petro Poroshenko's Bloc), Mykola Skoryk (Opposition Bloc), Yurii Chyzhmar (Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko), Ivan Krulko (All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland") and others.
As we reported earlier, an appeal was sent to the President of Ukraine, as the guarantor of the Constitution, to prevent the law, which restricts the constitutional rights of citizens of Ukraine to access information, after the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a bill on the appeal to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine regarding taking actions on the broadcasters of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels, which was provoked by the appropriate petition on the Parliament’s website.
The petition has collected the required amount of votes quickly but the counter stuck on 23,000, so the administration of the website terminated the process of the verification of the signees.
Earlier, general producers of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels Artem Marchevsky and Vasyl Golovanov returned from the European Parliament. They met with British politician Jonathan Arnott, Representative of the European Parliament from Germany Arne Gericke and MP Nathan Gill from Great Britain; they discussed the consideration process of the draft resolution ‘About the freedom of the press in Ukraine’.