Who supported 112 Ukraine TV channel?

112 Ukraine TV channel was repeatedly attacked by the authorities and radical organizations
12:26, 2 October 2019

112 Ukraine TV channel
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In course of its activity, 112 Ukraine TV channel was repeatedly attacked by the authorities and radical organizations. However, international and European organizations at different times took the side of the channel.

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir

“Such violence and threats against media cannot be tolerated. This is an unacceptable act of intimidation which could have had dramatic consequences.”

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini

"The EU attaches great importance to the primacy of law and freedom of press in Ukraine. These issues are raised with the authorities of Ukraine in numerous format and different levels for a long time.”

European Federation of Journalists and International Federation of Journalists

“The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) joined their affiliate the National Union of Journalists in Ukraine (NUJU) in condemning a decision that threatens press freedom and the livelihood of hundreds of media workers.”

British MEP, member of the inter-parliamentary committee of Ukraine-EU association Nathan Gill

“For me, it's very unbelievable 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. 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.”

German MEP Maximilian Krah

“We have to say that the freedom of press index shows that Ukraine is on a very low level of freedom of the press. And what we see now is an extraordinary attack on freedom of press and if Ukraine wants to join European Union or at least wants to be a partner of the European Union, it has to accept that even opposite opinions are allowed, that liberty always is the liberty of those who think differently to the government. It is absolutely unacceptable to shut down TV stations only because the government doesn’t like what they show the reality of the country.”

German MEP Arne Gericke

“We regard these actions as a continuation of the attack on freedom of speech in Ukraine, which began under President Poroshenko and, unfortunately, continues under the new authorities.”

British MEP David Coburn

“We intend to bring the issue of suppression of freedom of speech in Ukraine for discussion to the European Parliament. In addition, such address will be sent to the President of the European Commission, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, and the European Federation of Journalists.”

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