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The journalists of Ukrainian TV channels met the MEPs in Brussels and told them about the pressure on the freedom of speech in Ukraine
18:41, 3 October 2019

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The journalists of Ukrainian TV channels met the MEPs in Brussels and told them about the pressure on the freedom of speech in Ukraine as NewsOne reported.

“Today, three meetings with MEPs took place. Firstly, with Elena Yoncheva. She is MEP and representative of Bulgaria from Socialist Party. She is a former journalist; in 2014 she worked in Donbas,” the journalists explained.

Yoncheva said that she was put on a “black list of Poroshenko”. She was even banned from entry to Ukraine until Ukrainian authority was influenced by Europe. Besides, she was astonished that after elections of Ukraine the freedom of speech is still violated.

“Then we met with Peter Polak, the lawmaker from Slovakia, the democrat. He was shocked by our stories about blocking of TV channels, attacks on the journalists and situation with licenses,” they added.

Related: Who supported 112 Ukraine TV channel?

Polak expressed the desire to come to Ukraine, particularly to NewsOne and 112 Ukraine TV channels, to see them personally and talk to the journalists, editors and TV presenters.

“Such desire was also expressed by Germany’s representative in the European Parliament Helmut Geuking who we have already met,” the journalists said.

All MEPs support Ukrainian TV channels and promise to help to fight for freedom of speech.

On October 2, three MEPs supported 112 Ukraine.

Related: President's press service never answered the request of 112.ua within the period specified by the legislation

Shaffaq Mohammed, the Member of the European Parliament from the United Kingdom stressed that mass media should have the freedom to investigate.

Caroline Voaden, Member of European Parliament, representing Renew Europe Group, is concerned with the situation of Ukrainian TV channels.

Catherine Bearder, the Member of the European Parliament, ensures that the EU is watching the situation with freedom of speech in Ukraine.

On September 26 the National council on questions of television and radio broadcasting deprived TV channel "112 Ukraine" of digital licenses for broadcasting.

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