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Ukrainian Parliament makes huge political mistake, - MP Rozenblatt

This was the commentary of the Ukrainian MP regarding the decision to sanction two Ukrainian TV channels
23:33, 5 October 2018

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By asking the National Security Council to apply sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels, the Ukrainian Parliament created a precedent. MP Boryslav Rozenblatt said this while speaking during The Pulse show at 112 Ukraine TV channel.

'In my opinion, what happened is not the issue of two TV channels; this matter may concern any channel tomorrow. This is a precedent. Yesterday the Verkhovna Rada created it. Yesterday, a terrible thing happened. For the first time in the history of European parliamentarianism, we passed some fancy decree against TV channels. I don't know any such parliament in the civilized world... No Parliament or any other body except for the National Security Council or Broadcasting Council enjoys the right to ban particular channels', he said.

Rozenblatt added that the Parliament's decision was 'a huge political mistake' and assumed that many political forces might be re-considering their decision now.

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.

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