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Sanctioning TV-channels is slippery slope, - European MP Nathan Gill supported 112 Ukraine

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Ukrainian Parliament voted to recommend the National Defence Council to sanction two Ukrainian TV channels
11:44, 9 October 2018

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World lawmakers now have to support TV-channels under pressure. Nathan Lee Gill, a British politician who is a Member of the European Parliament, said that in his exclusive interview to the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“I support the 112 Ukraine TV channel, as I support the thing which is essential for every nation – to have free press, that tell everything they intend to. I believe it is important that lawmakers all over the world support your ambitious project. I am deeply concerned that your parliament made a stand against your TV channel, as it is a slippery slope. Who else can stop it?” Nathan Gill said.

As we reported earlier, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada urges 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)'. 

CEO of 112 Ukraine TV channel Yegor Benkendorf stated that the attempt to stop the operation of 112 Ukraine is a part of a large-scale process and concerns an unsatisfactory situation with the respect of freedom of speech in Ukraine. According to him, 112 Ukraine TV channel has to confirm the impossibility to protect its rights independently by legal tools, and soon, it might lead to cessation of the broadcasting. 

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The appeal was sent to the President of the European Commission Donald Tusk, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Liliane Maury-Pasquier, President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Coordinator of the Europe and Central Asia Program of the Committee to Protect Journalists Nina Ognianova, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists Anthony Bellanger.

Related: First they talk about freedom of speech, then vote for sanctioning NewsOne and 112 Ukraine

112 Ukraine TV channel emphasizes again that it was following the principles of the journalistic work, giving an opportunity to express one’s opinion for all the Ukrainian politicians, the representatives of the governmental bodies and independent experts during its existence. Also, the channel does not avoid covering acute political and social issues, and such position of the TV channel cases and will cause opposition from individual politicians and political forces. 

Related: 112 Ukraine TV channel needs protection: Open letter

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The staff of 112 Ukraine TV channel insists that the steps made by the Ukrainian Parliament, which aim to apply sanctions against 112 Ukraine TV channel are nothing but a political decision; there is not enough evidence to make such decision, which badly lacks argumentation and may be considered unconstitutional. 

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