Taking away the TV channel's license on very unsound grounds is a step too far. This way MEP Nathan Gill commented on National TV and Broadcasting Council's decision on deprivation of 112 Ukraine TV channel of right to broadcast.
"For me, it's very unbelieveable that government would interfere in the broadcasting of TV channel which is dedicated to ensuring that all political parties have an opportunity to deliver their speech to the public. And for the authorities, to remove the license from 112 channel - I think that this is a very scary movement," Nathan Gill stated.
MEP believes that "something has now happened which is directly stopping democracy, directly stopping the free voice of the Ukrainian people".
"I think they (Ukraine's authorities, - ed.) need to reconsider not only how does this look internationally, how does this look to your European allies and other nations within the EU, but also how does this look to your people. Because to silence our voice is a very drastic step. As for me, I think it is important that everybody should be allowed to be heard openly and freely. And to take away the license of the TV station on very unsound grounds is a step too far," politician added.
Talking about the international assistance in this case, Nathan Gill stressed that "the first thing that we need to do is to make sure that MEPs are aware of what is happening".
"I will be making sure that different committees that I'm a member of and other friends of Ukraine are members of - they will ensure the lawmakers within the EU are aware of the drastic steps have been taken by authorities in Ukraine," official promised.
The NUJU expressed concern over such decision of the council and noted that it jeopardized the hundreds of workplaces of the journalists and employees of the TV channel.
“The position of the National Council toward 112 is biased because a number of Ukrainian channels was created by the consolidation of regional licenses. For example, 5 Channel consisted of NBM regional network and Ekspress-inform. I do not understand why the similar decision is not allowed for 112, which is asking for it since 2018,” Tomilenko wrote.
The NUJU treats the current decision of the National Council as an attempt to restrict the freedom of speech in Ukraine and impose censorship.
“Because 112 TV channel is the leader of news broadcasting. It criticizes authority often and provides the possibility to the critics of the authority to deliver their position. Too bad that in modern Ukraine TV channels are deprived of the license and large audience of access to mass media it likes,” the message said.