Freedom of speech is one of the main principles of democracy, which Ukraine should stick to. Robert Roland, the Member of European Parliament commented on the situation with the We Need to Talk telecast initiated by NewsOne and Russia24 TV channels.
“Ukraine is the associate member of the EU, so it’s one tier beneath full membership. Part of the protocol of that is establishing normal traits of democracy such as free speech, freedom of the press, which obviously includes freedom of the media. So this would appear to be a violation of the free speech principles,” MEP Roland says.
“Like a lot of these diplomatic specs that we’ve go it’s very important that we have the situation when we try to foster harmony across nations,” Roland added.
As we reported earlier, NewsOne TV channel canceled the telecast with Russia24 TV channel. The media planned the event for July 12; however, the very idea to organize and hold such event evoked a huge public outrage. Protesters came to the channel's building, enraged at the idea of holding dialogue with the Russian state-sponsored medium. As the channel's staff faced multiple threats, the telecast was canceled.
Members of the International Editorial Board of NewsOne TV channel responded to the pressure from the side of the radicals on the workers of the channel.
Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has opened the criminal case against the beneficiary owners of NewsOne TV channel. Lutsenko marked that two individuals, the directors of offshore companies are the beneficiary owners of the TV channel; according to him, they are connected with Russia's PromSvyazBank involved in funding and serving the Russian state defense order. Thus, a criminal case on funding terrorism is initiated.