Lawmakers from five parliamentary factions and groups demanded not to let shutting down of Good morning, Ukraine TV program aired on UA:Pershyi TV channel, and imposing of censorship on this channel. Strana.ua outlet reported this on July 7.
The lawmakers signed the appeal to President, Premier and National Public TV company of Ukraine, asking not to shut down the program. They believe that the authorities decided to shut it down, as the editorial staff decided to publish the Poroshenko-Biden tapes.
The list of parties that signed the document includes Servant of the People, Opposition Platform - For Life, Batkivshchyna (Fatherland). Members of For Future and Trust joined, too. Holos (Voice) and European Solidarity refused to sign the appeal.
In the document, the MPs admitted that they shared the views of reporters and considered the attempt to shut down the show manifestation of censorship and assault against freedom of speech.
The National Public TV company of Ukraine is going to shut down the show since July 11. On July 1, reporters turned to President Zelensky, asking him to respond to an attack on freedom of speech via shutting down the show. In their appeal, the journalists stated "a new wave of assault on media freedom in Ukraine, total censorship in the media and attempts to shut down the most popular TV show of public broadcaster".