Ukrainian MPs who represent different political camps in this country unanimously oppose the idea to shut down 112 Ukraine and NewsOne channels, as this step is an unthinkable assault on media freedom in this country. The guests of The Pulse talk show also condemned the draft law No.9275, which appeared on the Parliament's agenda on Tuesday, December 4.
It will be alright, and Mogherini wil be able to watch 112 Ukraine, just like everyoe else who wants to. I did not vote for that bill, and it will not lead to shutting this channel down. People keep supporting you, and for that, I guess, you are grateful to your audience.
I voted to cancel that draft law. God forbid, if the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament, - 112 International) makes the political decision to shut the media down. One of the EU's major milestones is the freedom of speech, the democracyl they simply can't imagine it any other way. Whoever makes such political decision, upholding the respective draft laws should clearly understand it would be a vote against the EU.
The bill No.9275 is a disgrace, I hope it will not pass. I want to believe that there will be not another midde ground (...) The decisions should be helping the freedom of speech, instead of choking it.
Recently, Federica Mogherini, the EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, stated that the EU attaches the highest importance to the freedom of expression and media. It was mentioned in an official response on behalf of the European Commission to the Question for written answer filled by Nathan Lee Gill, a British politician and a Member of the European Parliament, on October 23, 2018.
“The issue is part of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and it is, therefore, part of the discussions with Ukrainian authorities in our regular dialogues, such as the annual human rights dialogue and the Association Council. In the joint statement of the last EU-Ukraine Summit on 9 July 2018, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to media pluralism,” the statement reads.
It is also noted that while all countries have the right to ensure their national security and protect their citizens, this must be done in full respect of fundamental rights and freedoms, including the European Convention for Human Rights, and following international standards.
The EU will continue to monitor the media landscape and the situation of freedom of expression and media in Ukraine and discuss all related questions with Ukrainian authorities.
As we reported earlier, on October 4, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a regulation on approval of proposals on the imposition of individual special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) against the broadcasters of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne.
The parliament stated that “there are systematic signs of imitation of discourse practices of Russian imperial- chauvinistic propaganda in the activity of a number of legal entities, permanent demonstration of propaganda, and spreading of the ideology of terrorism”.
112 Ukraine TV channel published an open letter to attract public attention to the urgent need to protect one of the most popular Ukrainian TV channels.
112 Ukraine TV channel also turned for help to international organizations for the protection of journalist rights.
The staff of 112 Ukraine TV channel insists that the steps made by the Ukrainian Parliament, which aim to apply sanctions against 112 Ukraine TV channel are nothing but a political decision; there is not enough evidence to make such decision, which badly lacks argumentation and may be considered unconstitutional.