"Today, the National Council on TV and Radio Broadcasting decided to revoke the digital broadcasting license from the 112 Ukraine TV channel. Helpful puppets from the National Council complied with the government’s order to crack down on an independent television channel. By its decision, the National Council legitimized the raider seizure of the channel — the seizure that experts and journalists reported that to have been being prepared at the President’s Office. Members of the National Council, the powers of 3 out of 8 of them expired, obediently fulfilled the will of Kolomoisky and Poroshenko yesterday, and today they are fulfilling the order of Zelensky and Bohdan," reads the statement of the Opposition Platform - For Life party.
This is proved by the numerous threats to the channels voiced by the President Zelensky himself: false accusations of non-transparent financing and prevention of monopolization of the market. Many independent media reported that the direct curator of the channel’s raider seizure was Head of Zelensky’s Office Andriy Bohdan. A number of Members of the European Parliament openly reported about the influence on the judges in the case of the 112 Ukraine TV Channel from the President’s Office.
Trying to do a favor to the authorities, in the fear to lose their positions and preferences in the result of the "reset" (change of power, - ed.), members of the National Council made their decision meekly, unanimously and without considering alternative projects. Under a vain pretext, not listening to the arguments of the representatives of the TV channel, the National Council unanimously, in the tradition of firing "triples", issued its verdict.
The president and his team, which is afraid to hear the truth, which destroys free media, forming a comfortable media space for itself, who do not need journalists, will inevitably repeat the fate of their "predecessors". And the statements of the President’s Office that they hope that “the new composition of the National Council will help resolve the situation on the television market” is the best proof that they realized that Zelensky understands both the illegitimacy of the current composition of the council and the custom-made nature of the political lynching.
Opposition Platform - For Life calls on the embassies of democratic countries, representative offices of international organizations and their observer missions, international human rights and professional organizations to give their political assessment of the actions of the Ukrainian authorities.
We are ready to provide all the necessary political support to the journalistic team and support all the legal requirements of the 112 Ukraine channel. We will demand to hear the case at the parliamentary hearings on freedom of speech in Ukraine.
We urge all representatives of the journalistic community, all who seek to preserve freedom of speech in Ukraine, to join us in this political struggle. By joining efforts of democratic political forces, civil society, journalists and citizens, we will defend Ukrainian democracy. Ukraine doesn't need another five years of lawlessness, lawlessness. We fight together for the freedom of speech in Ukraine! Let's win together! "- reads the statement.