OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir intends to raise the issue of preservation of the broadcasting licenses for 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK during his working visit to Kyiv as TASS reported citing Head of the Commission of the Russian Council of Federation on Information Policy and Interactions with Mass Media Aleksey Pushkov.
“Desir agreed that it is an important topic that the regulators may assume particular measures in case of the violations of the rules but it should not lead to the closing of the channels in any way. As I understood him during the meeting, he intends to assume efforts to respond to this situation to provide the channels with the possibility to broadcast and to prevent the politization of the approach toward them. He intends to raise this issue before Ukrainian authorities during the near visit to Kyiv, which will take place, preliminary, until the end of the year,” Pushkov said.
According to Pushkov, Desir also expressed the hope that the accusations provided against the TV channels would not become the pretense for their closing.
The International Editorial Board of 112 Ukraine considered the decision of the regulator to be biased and politically motivated, which cause further pressure on the rights of the journalists and restriction of the freedom of speech in Ukraine.
112 Ukraine, ZIK and NewsOne TV channels ceased broadcasting for 30 minutes. The action, as the media workers said, is a response to the attempts of Ukrainian authorities to suppress freedom of speech.
Earlier the regulatory committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recommended to the parliament to create the temporary investigation committee (TIC) for investigation of the facts toward the meeting the requirements during the change of the owners of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK TV Channels.
On October 17, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has approved as a whole the draft resolution, which provides for the investigation of the activities of three TV channels - NewsOne, 112 Ukraine and ZIK. 278 MPs voted in favor of the decision.