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Statement by 112 Ukraine on rally of far right under TV channel’s building on September 21

Source : 112 Ukraine

112 Ukraine once again appeals to the security agencies of the country with a demand to ensure the safety of the media
22:15, 18 September 2020

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On Monday, September 21, a protest is to be held near 112 Ukraine TV channel, organized by representatives of far right forces, in particular the National Corps, who are suspected of shelling the bus with members of the Patriots - For Life Civil Movement near Kharkiv. The information about the planned protest is published on Facebook social network.

112 Ukraine once again appeals to the security agencies of the country with a demand to ensure the safety of the media, to enable journalists to peacefully and without danger to their health perform their duties.

Previous attempt by nationalists led by Serhiy Sternenko to organize a rally under 112 Ukraine TV channel in July 2019 ended with a grenade launcher firing at the building. It is a good thing that no one was hurt. This is a terrorist attack in the center of the capital, which was condemned even by the OSCE. At the same time, there are still no results of an investigation by law enforcement agencies, or punishment of those responsible.

112 Ukraine TV channel appealed to European institutions and diplomatic institutions with asking to protect freedom of speech in Ukraine, since the channel was under the threat of direct physical attacks from radical organizations in the conditions of complete ignorance of this danger by the current Ukrainian government. However, the reaction of respected European and world experts and politicians, unfortunately, was ignored by the Ukrainian authorities.

112 Ukraine TV channel is the leader in news broadcasting in the country and is one of the ten best-rated Ukrainian TV channels. The air of the channel is equally open to representatives of different political forces, government bodies, public figures, and experts, regardless of their political preferences. It is quite natural that the guests of our broadcast are also people who criticize the current government, in particular, point to insufficient efforts in establishing peace and the return of Ukrainian prisoners, mistakes in the implementation of Ukraine's foreign policy, failure of the authorities to fulfill their election promises, an increase in the level of corruption and freedom of speech.

Not everyone likes this openness. The Ukrainian authorities, with the help of the administrative resource - the National TV Council and even the Security Service of Ukraine - tried to influence the editorial policy of the TV channel, the attempts are being made to take the channel away from its legal owner.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) demands to arrest the corporate rights of 112 Ukraine and transfer the channel to ARMA's management. Despite the fact that Kyiv’s Shevchenkivsky court previously recognized this step as illegal, the SBU filed an appeal.

Earlier, 112 Ukraine TV channel was deprived of its digital license due to direct pressure on judges by the previous head of the President's Office Andriy Bogdan, which was repeatedly reported by the media.

One of the traditional levers of authorities are the radicals they control. The impunity of radical organizations in Ukraine pushes them to ever-greater aggression. Law enforcement officers are obliged on September 21 to fulfill their duty and protect journalists from violence.

112 Ukraine TV channel once again emphasizes that throughout the entire period of its existence it adheres to the principles of journalistic work, gives an opportunity for all Ukrainian politicians, government officials and independent experts to express their position on equal terms, and does not in principle avoid covering sensitive political and social topics.

Freedom of speech is under threat in Ukraine. The violence must be put to stop.

Otherwise, the dictatorship in Ukraine, which is already being voiced in the European Parliament, will become a reality.

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