Nathan Gill, Member of European Parliament, met with Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament, to discuss the state of freedom of press in Ukraine seen in suppression of freedom of speech in Ukraine and imposition of sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels. Nathan Gill wrote that on his Facebook page.
Mr. Gill urges the EP to defend democratic principles like freedom of speech and freedom of the press in Ukraine.
Here’s the full text of the application:
“Yesterday I was able to meet with Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament, to discuss the state of freedom of press in Ukraine. Right now journalists are being murdered and attacked and TV channels are being threatened with being shut down by the government. There have been no arrests or prosecutions on behalf of the Ukrainian journalists and there have been no investigations on behalf of Ukrainian TV channels. The situation in Ukraine is deteriorating and I am concerned that if we don’t act now to protect freedom of press in Ukraine it may be too late.
I met with President Tajani to abate him with the situation and to present him with letters and signatures from journalists at NewsOne and 112 Ukraine TV Channel. I also let him know about my plans to table a motion for a resolution on this situation on next month Strasburg plenary session.
Asking the European Parliament to call upon Ukrainian authorities to stop taking restrictive measures against the press, investigate the matters and attacks on journalists and monitor the situation.
Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are essential values and I will always fight for democratic principles.”
As we reported earlier, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada urged the country’s National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to introduce sanctions against several Ukrainian TV channels. 229 MPs supported the draft law No. 9157 on 'Approval of recommendations to introduce personal special economic sanctions and other restrictive measures (sanctions)'.
Thirteen European parliamentarians appealed to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to revoke the decision on imposing sanctions on 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels. The leaders of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne channels arrived in Brussels personally to talk to the lawmakers and get their support. The issue of freedom of speech in Ukraine is raised at the international conferences, forums, and in the offices of European parliamentarians. The MPs carefully study the situation regarding the sanctions against Ukrainian broadcasters and sign the petition.
Another petition to support 112 Ukraine also officially gained 25,000 signatures. Though the authorities take no other measures yet.
112 Ukraine is an informational and analytical TV channel which broadcasts 18.5 hours per day on air and uses modern technologies to be the first channel to provide the unbiased information on important and interesting events going on in Ukraine and in the world. This is mentioned in the respective statement by Artem Marchevskyi, the Chief Producer, and Yehor Benkendorf, Director General of 112 Ukraine.