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National Council to revoke digital broadcasting licenses of 112 Ukraine TV channel

Source : 112 Ukraine

Unfortunately, there is practically no doubt about the negative for 112 Ukraine decision, especially considering the political bias of the National Council
15:12, 25 September 2019

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Tomorrow, on September 26 Ukraine's National Council on TV and Radio Broadcasting shall deprive 112 Ukraine TV Channel of its digital broadcasting licenses.

Unfortunately, there is practically no doubt about the negative for 112 Ukraine TV Channel decision, especially considering the political bias of the National Council and its readiness to serve any government. So, powers and authorities of some members of the National Council expired in July 2019, this fact was de facto recognized by Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, and taking any decisions by them is actually power abuse, and the National Council itself is not competent. The statements by Kostinsky, a member of the National Council, that the National Council "gets it over with" 112 Ukraine TV Channel by canceling the licenses. This is another proof that decisions in the National Council are made in advance, without any democratic procedure, which is nonsense for a democratic state.

Earlier, the National Council couldn't take because of the court ruling. However, the court overturned their own decision after direct pressure on the judges by the authorities, which was repeatedly reported in the media.

In addition, as it became known to 112 Ukraine TV channel, in order to cover up the National Council’s illegal actions, the government is preparing a “rally” involving over 300 paid “public activists”, who have repeatedly threatened the channel. And after one of these threats, the building of the 112 Ukraine TV channel was shelled from a grenade launcher.

Related: There are no reasons for imposing sanctions on 112 Ukraine TV channel and NewsOne TV channel, - Defense Council of Ukraine

"112 Ukraine" requires the National Council not to deprive the channel of its digital broadcasting licenses.

"112 Ukraine" pleads the government not to be afraid of free media and to ensure the right of TV viewers to choose by themselves which TV channel to watch.

Freedom of speech is the core value of democracy.

Do not destroy democracy. Do not destroy freedom of speech. Do not take away the licenses from 112 Ukraine TV channel.

Related: 112 Ukraine, NewsOne TV channels pass appeal on pressure on freedom of speech to U.S. Embassy

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