Statement by the Director General of 112 Ukraine TV channel Yehor Benkendorf:
“We regard the decision of the National Security and Defense Council, which instructs the Security Service of Ukraine to check the TV channels on alleged involvement in terrorist activities, as direct and gross political pressure on our television channels as an independent media. This is an attempt to intimidate us before the elections and I case of our refusal - to prepare the ground for closing the channel. We declare that we intend to continue to work regardless of the efforts of the authorities. We will appeal to the Ukrainian and international community for support in conditions of unprecedented pressure on our TV channels. We also demand that the authorities stop targeting TV channels, act within law and observe the freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution."
Earlier on March 20, the decision of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council to prepare for the introduction of sanctions against NewsOne and 112 Ukraine TV channels was put into effect.
112 Ukraine is an informational and analytical TV channel which broadcasts 18.5 hours per day on air and uses modern technologies to be the first channel to provide the unbiased information on important and interesting events going on in Ukraine and in the world. This is mentioned in the respective statement by Artem Marchevskyi, the Chief Producer, and Yehor Benkendorf, Director General of 112 Ukraine.
NewsOne is an informational and analytical TV channel. The Chief Producer is Vasyl Holovanov. The Director General is Yuriy Budyak.