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Ukraine's Parliament Chairman to sign decree on sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne

The Speaker of the Parliament Andriy Parubiy claims that signing of the document hampered by the registration of several decrees the Ukrainian Parliament to cancel the decision of the parliamentarians of October 4 regarding sanctions against these TV channels
15:57, 6 October 2018

Parliament of Ukraine

Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy will sign the decree on the approval of the offerings on the introduction of personal special economic and other restrictive measures to legal entities related to the television channels - after consideration of the submitted draft cancellation resolutions. The Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament claimed this today during his working visit to Georgia, the press office of the Ukrainian Parliament reported. 

In particular, Parubiy told reporters that two resolutions were registered regarding the repeal of this parliamentary decision in accordance with the Law of Ukraine on the Sanctions. 

Related: Sanctions appeal against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne not sent to National Security and Defence Council

According to him, in order to sign the primary decision, these decisions must be presented to the Ukrainian Parliament and rejected. 

Yet, Parubiy noted that the consideration of the relevant decrees will take place on the nearest plenary week; he said he was sure that they would be rejected. 

‘I have no doubt that they will be rejected - at the same time, it gives me the opportunity to sign the decree on the sanctions, and it is already taking efffect. I am sure that the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine won’t hesitate to study this situation and make the appropriate decision. 

Earlier, Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of National Defense Council, said that the appeal of the Ukrainian Parliament to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine concerns only the founders of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels.  

Related: 112 Ukraine TV channel needs protection: Open letter

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada urges the country’s National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to introduce sanctions against several Ukrainian TV channels. 229 MPs supported the draft law No. 9157 on 'Approval of recommendations to introduce personal special economic sanctions and other restrictive measures (sanctions)'. 

CEO of 112 Ukraine TV channel Yegor Benkendorf stated that the attempt to stop the operation of 112 Ukraine is a part of a large-scale process and concerns an unsatisfactory situation with the respect of freedom of speech in Ukraine. According to him, 112 Ukraine TV channel has to confirm the impossibility to protect its rights independently by legal tools, and soon, it might lead to cessation of the broadcasting. 

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The appeal was sent to the President of the European Commission Donald Tusk, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Liliane Maury-Pasquier, President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Coordinator of the Europe and Central Asia Program of the Committee to Protect Journalists Nina Ognianova, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists Anthony Bellanger. 

Related: OSCE concerned about Ukrainian parliament’s call for sanctions against 112 Ukraine

112 Ukraine TV channel emphasizes again that it was following the principles of the journalistic work, giving an opportunity to express one’s opinion for all the Ukrainian politicians, the representatives of the governmental bodies and independent experts during its existence. Also, the channel does not avoid covering acute political and social issues, and such position of the TV channel cases and will cause opposition from individual politicians and political forces. 

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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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