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NewsOne team asks protection from EU Ambassador Mingarelli

National Council on TV and Radio Broadcasting made a decision to file an appeal to the court, which should decide whether to withdraw the license of NewsOne or no
15:47, 6 September 2019

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Hugues Mingarelli, the Head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine got the official statement from the team of NewsOne TV channel with a request to influence the situation with the freedom of speech in the country. The topic of the statement is the decision of the National Council on TV and Radio Broadcasting, which was announced on September 5.

Particularly, the TV channel was accused in the violation of paragraph 3 and 4 of part 2, article 6 “On TV and Radio broadcasting”, part 1, article 28 of the law “On information” and that NewsOne did not correct its violations documented by the National Council in the decision dated February 7, 2019, and regulation dated February 12, 2019.

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Due to it, the regulator made a decision to issue the last, the third caution to NewsOne and pass the case to the court, where the issue of the withdrawal of the license of the broadcasted should be decided.

“It is important to note that the act of verification prepared by the workers of the apparatus of the National Council would not withstand the slightest criticism. Without any facts or evidence, it includes the indictment in the form of the assumption that expressed thoughts of the hosts and guests of NewsOne TV channel may contain the signs of “incitement to national, race or religious hostility and hatred”…citing the statement of the Ukrainian politicians and experts on air.

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Despite such state of affairs, NewsOne TV channel, which is one of the leaders of the news broadcasting in Ukraine, with million audience, will continue the fight for the freedom of speech and pluralism of thoughts in the Ukrainian society,” the message said.

Earlier NewsOne appealed to High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

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