The situation around 112 Ukraine TV channel shows the willingness to influence large news TV channel on the eve of the local elections as ZIK reported citing Chair of the National Union of the Journalists of Ukraine Serhiy Tomilenko.
Tomilenko commented on the recent events around 112 Ukraine TV channel:
“I believe, possibly, it is too early to talk about the president but the Security Service of Ukraine and the Prosecutor’s Office are involved and they initiate in the court such appeal with a non-public way of acquisition, not just the arrest of the property; we talk no about some material assets but in fact the influence on the editorial policy. It is the possibility to appoint their own editors-in-chief, appoint people who are responsible for coverage on the TV channel; it is obvious that such actions of the Security Service and other structures were agreed at a very high level”.
Serhiy Tomilenko noted that the officials or prosecutor have a right to open any proceedings, respond to any statements but still some borders exist.
“Meanwhile, there is a particular border that should not be crossed when we talk about the activity of the mass media. In other words, nothing should be made that might be considered as the pressure on the journalists or editorial policy. I believe that it is the excessive actions – arrest and transfer of the office to the special state agency on mass media. All previous actions with the property might be held without obtaining of editorial policy,” Chair of the Union stated.
Tomilenko drew attention to one more aspect.
“Now, we understand that the local elections start; it is the very stressful atmosphere, great political competition, that is why the temptation to influence on the large news TV channel is present; anyway, we understand this non-publicity with such a resonance as here, we see the political component,” he stated.
On August 6, Shevchenkivsky court of Kyiv refused the Security Service of Ukraine and prosecutor’s office in the arrest of the property and corporate rights of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
112 Ukraine TV channel considers such demand of the authorities as the attempt of raid by the serviced on the order of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.