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Seleznyov: It is inappropriate to file charges in manipulation to 112 Ukraine TV channel

Source : 112 Ukraine

The military journalist notes that the interference of the state bodies in the work of independent mass media is unacceptable
15:44, 18 October 2019

Vladyslav Seleznyov
Radio Liberty

Military journalist Vladyslav Seleznyov stated that it is inappropriate to file charges in manipulation to 112 Ukraine TV channel as 112 Ukraine reported.

“The sign of the democratic society is the possibility to express mostly opposing views. That is why any pressure from the authority on the independent media is unacceptable. I remember well the beginning of the cooperation with 112 Ukraine TV channel; it has begun in 2014 starting from the events in Crimea. That is why I believe that it is inappropriate to accuse 112 Ukraine TV channel of particular insinuations and manipulation of information,” the journalist noted.

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Besides, Seleznyov underlined the inadmissibility of the interference of the state bodies in the work of independent mass media.

“The government in the form of various national bodies cannot interfere in this process. I sincerely wish the colleagues from 112 Ukraine TV channel to defend their truth as the information should be and it should be unbiased,” the military journalist said.

Related: Mogherini: Protection of media freedom in Ukraine is part of our constant work

On September 26 the National council on questions of television and radio broadcasting deprived TV channel "112 Ukraine" of digital licenses for broadcasting.

The International Editorial Board of 112 Ukraine considered the decision of the regulator to be biased and politically motivated, which cause further pressure on the rights of the journalists and restriction of the freedom of speech in Ukraine.

112 Ukraine, ZIK and NewsOne TV channels ceased broadcasting for 30 minutes. The action, as the media workers said, is a response to the attempts of Ukrainian authorities to suppress freedom of speech.

Related: Media freedom in Ukraine is part of our constant work, - Federica Mogherini

Earlier the regulatory committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recommended to the parliament to create the temporary investigation committee (TIC) for investigation of the facts toward the meeting the requirements during the change of the owners of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK TV Channels.

On October 17, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has approved as a whole the draft resolution, which provides for the investigation of the activities of three TV channels - NewsOne, 112 Ukraine and ZIK. 278 MPs voted in favor of the decision.

 

 

 

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