The National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine at a meeting on January 9, appointed an extraordinary on-site inspection of 112 Ukraine TV channel, justifying it by alleged violations of the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting” and the Law of Ukraine “On Information” recorded air of the channel.
In connection with another flagrant and violating the freedom of speech decision of the regulating body, the International Editorial Board of the channel, which, in particular, includes parliamentarians of the European Parliament Nathan Gill (Great Britain), Arne Gericke (Germany) and David Coburn (Great Britain), addresses the Ukrainian authorities with the following statement:
- International Editorial Board demands from the top leadership of the state to immediately take measures to hold accountable members of the National TV Council who exceed their authority and de-facto introduce censorship in the Ukrainian media space.
- International Editorial Board demands from the top leadership of the state and state bodies, involved in the activities of media in Ukraine, reaffirm their commitment to freedom of speech and other democratic freedoms, which should lie at the heart of Ukrainian society. We believe that it was the authorities’ neglect towards the channel’s numerous addresses about the facts of censorship by the regulator that led to unpunished and illegal persecution of the channel.
- International Editorial Board considers the decision by the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting an illegal decision of the illegitimate public authority. The powers of three members of the National TV Council expired at the beginning of July 2019 so they do not have the right to participate in meetings and votes of the National TV Council. According to Ukrainian legislation, their actions are an unauthorized appropriation of authority...
- International Editorial Board reminds that the decision to hold an inspection at 112 Ukraine is taken by the body that does not have an impeccable professional reputation and is involved in a high-profile corruption scandal on embezzlement of more than 4 million dollars during the purchase of a TV channel monitoring system.
- International Editorial Board reminds that the authorities have not solved the terrorist attack that occurred on the night of July 13, 2019, when the building of the channel was fired from a grenade launcher. We note that since then the authorities have not condemned the right-wing radical organizations that have repeatedly threatened the employees of the TV channel.
- International Editorial Board expresses words of support to the 112 Ukraine team and assures that it will make every effort to draw world attention for the urgent protection of one of the most popular Ukrainian television channels, the current attacks on which indicate a serious threat to freedom of speech and media independence in Ukraine.