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Parliament's decision to sanction 112 Ukraine TV channel is political, - National Union of Journalists

There's currently no evidence or arguments in favor of such restrictions, the Union's Head Serhiy Tomilenko says
16:50, 4 October 2018

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The Ukrainian Parliament's appeal to the National Security and Defense Council to apply sanctions against 112 Ukraine TV channel should be viewed as a political decision. Serhiy Tomilenko, the head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, said that in his commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.

'As of today, there are is no proof or arguments for that, merely an attempt to apply the mechanism of sanctions, which the society took as some tool of struggle with the Russian media, Russian entities and the attempt to put Ukrainian media under these sanctions. We should be viewing it as a political decision, but one cannot provide a forecast for the Council's decision so far - because, in fact, the Council involves officials tied to certain political forces. There's a chance these officials may be guided by their narrow political interests, not by their mandates. Anyone in power would like to cut down the degree of criticism and revelatory stories, but this is an authority abuse. The government protects itself in every possible way, including shutting the media it does not like,' Tomilenko said.

The head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine assumed that the international organizations will stand against the sanctions. 'The document gathered votes as the Freedom House mission stays in Ukraine; the Americans whom I met with were concerned about the petition, and the votes collection, and the fact that the Parliament considers ways to illegally affect the media activity. It is obvious that the international organizations do not uphold the current decision, they will condemn it,' he claimed.    

The staff of 112 Ukraine TV channel insists that the steps made by the Ukrainian Parliament, which aim to apply sanctions against 112 Ukraine TV channel are nothing but a political decision; there is not enough evidence to make such decision, which badly lacks argumentation and may be considered unconstitutional.

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