Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has opened the criminal case against the beneficiary owners of NewsOne TV channel. Yuriy Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General said this at a briefing on July 9, as quoted by UNN news agency.
Lutsenko marked that two individuals, the directors of offshore companies are the beneficiary owners of the TV channel; according to him, they are connected with Russia's PromSvyazBank involved in funding and serving the Russian state defense order.
"Due to this, a criminal case on funding terrorism was registered today", Lutsenko said. SBU, Ukraine's State Security Service is looking into it.
Earlier, Taras Kozak, the MP from Opposition Platform - For Life party released a statement, blaming Lutsenko. He said Lutsenko's words were "cynical lies".
Statement of Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko on the tie of NewsOne TV channel with the Russian Promsviazbank is a cynical lie and it shows him being unprofessional and his unsuitability. The ultimate beneficiary and owner of NewsOne TV channel is not any of Cypriot company as it was said by the prosecutor general. I, Taras R. Kozak, is the only owner of NewsOne TV channel and own 100% of the channel directly.
Other statements of the prosecutor general, particularly, toward the participation of the TV channel in the terrorist activity, are absolutely groundless. I consider them as the artificial creation of the grounds for imposing sanctions against NewsOne and closure of the channel for political reasons.
Members of the International Editorial Board of NewsOne TV channel responded to the pressure from the side of the radicals on the workers of the channel.
Previously, NewsOne canceled the telecast with Russia24 TV channel. The media planned the event for July 12; however, the very idea to organize and hold such event evoked a huge public outrage. Protesters came to the channel's building, enraged at the idea of holding dialogue with the Russian state-sponsored medium. As the channel's staff faced multiple threats, the telecast was canceled.