The Supreme Court has opened proceedings on several lawsuits from TV channels, which were sanctioned by a decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine enacted by a presidential decree of February 2. The proceedings have already been opened on three lawsuits filed by "Novyny 24 hours" LLC (Newsone), "Lider-TV" LLC and "Novyi Format TV" LLC (112 Ukraine TV channel).
The hearing is scheduled for the end of March - beginning of April. As part of the preparation of cases for the court's hearing, the plaintiffs requested documents from the President of Ukraine and the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, which became the basis for the imposition of sanctions.
The court also granted the plaintiffs' request to involve the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as third parties in the case. Thus, the bodies involved in the preparation of sanctions against TV channels will appear in court in an open trial, where they will have to report on the specific facts that led to the closure of TV channels.
Cases for which proceedings have been opened in the Supreme Court have been assigned numbers: 9901/34/21, 9901/42/21, 9901/45/21.
Earlier, on February 2 the President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the decree on imposition of sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels. According to the decree, which came into force upon signing, the TV channels were sanctioned for five years. This includes blocking the broadcasting of all three TV channels.
On February 26, journalists from TV channels illegally closed by President Zelensky merged to create a new TV channel, Pershiy Nezalezhniy (First Independent). The founders of the new media were a group of journalists who previously worked on the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels. But only an hour after the start of broadcasting, the authorities illegally disconnected the TV channel from the air.