Member of the European Parliament Miroslav Radačovský commented on the attempt of Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) officers to raid 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“First of all, I would like to say that if this is objective information, I am outraged by the news that law enforcement agencies are trying, under dubious pretext, to block the work of one of the leading Ukrainian TV channels, 112 Ukraine. I am especially surprised that the Security Service of Ukraine participates in a commercial dispute between the former and the current owners of the TV channel. This is impossible in European countries and countries of democratic Europe. The secret services never interfere in commercial disputes and, moreover, do not try to influence the work of the media. I find it hard to believe, I don’t know, I’m not in Ukraine, that, for example, this was done without the knowledge of the president of the republic," he said.
Radačovský also appealed to the Ukrainian judges.
"I also worked as a judge in Slovakia for 37 years and 214 days. I appeal to my colleagues, judges in Ukraine: "Dear fellow judges, be independent and fair. All of Europe and the European Parliament and the whole democratic world will support you. One must be fair so that freedom of speech exists not only in Ukraine but throughout the world," the MEP said.
Earlier, the Shevchenkivsky district court of Kyiv rejected the motion of the SBU and the Office of Prosecutor General aimed at seizure of the property and corporate rights of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
The staff of 112 Ukraine TV channel considers SBU's particular appeal to the court another attempt to raid the channel's property, which is conducted under the direct order of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"112 Ukraine is going to appeal to the Council of Europe, European Parliament, organizations of protection of journalists, foreign embassies and the International Editorial Council, urging them to protect freedom of the speech in Ukraine," the channel's statement said.
Taras Kozak, the owner of the channel believes that the attempt of a raid on 112 Ukraine TV channel by the SBU is a personal order of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"The attempt to take 112 Ukraine away from me is a direct pressure of President Zelensky on me as an opposition MP. I and my colleagues in the party will see to it that all workers of the Office of Prosecutor General and the SBU who were involved in these illegal actions. It will be a lesson for those who think of attacking the independent media," Kozak stated.