Ukrainian MP Nestor Shufrych responded to the appeal of journalists for protection and support and became co-owner of Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel.
This way, the parliamentarian of Ukraine, Chairman of the Committee on Freedom of Speech Nestor Shufrych became the owner of 60%, and the share of the creative team is 40%.
An agreement on non-interference in editorial policy and journalistic activities was signed between Nestor Shufrych and the creative team.
“Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel was created by a staff of illegally closed 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels to carry out professional journalistic activities, covering objective social and political events in the country, fight censorship and attempts to shut the mouth of those who tell the truth. It will remind you that Pershiy Nezalezhniy was shut down without trial - by an ordinary letter of the Deputy Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine. After the termination of broadcasting, Pershiy Nezalezhniy preserved its broadcasting on YouTube, but the National Council of Ukraine for Television and Radio Broadcasting continues to appoint inspections regarding the opaque ownership structure. We hope that the support and participation of Nestor Shufrych, as the Chairman of the Committee on Freedom of Speech in the work of Pershiy Nezalezhniy will make illegal pressure on the channel impossible,” TV host of the TV channel Diana Panchenko said.
“I consider freedom of speech one of the fundamental principles of a democratic society. And I am convinced that the attempt to introduce censorship in Ukraine will fail, but as long as the current government continues to shut the mouth of those out of favor, I am ready to defend the independent media, in particular Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel. I am aware of all the risks and am ready to take on such responsibility. Moreover, as an entrepreneur, I understand well how difficult it is to build your own business in Ukraine,” the co-owner of Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel Nestor Shufrych said.
“I trust the team’s high level of professionalism, so I signed an agreement on non-interference in the editorial policy of the TV channel. All I ask of the journalists is to do their job well and convey the truth about what is happening in Ukraine today to people,” he said.
Earlier, it was reported that the staff of Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel passed over a letter to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech Nestor Shufrych, in which the journalists asked the lawmaker to take the TV channel under protection and provide the opportunity to do their job.
The staff of the TV channel wants to do their job, exercise the right to freedom of speech and deliver objective information to their viewers, but the Ukrainian authorities, grossly violating the rule of law, repeatedly deprive journalists of the opportunity to do it.