Today, a civil protest is to be held near the 112 Ukraine TV channel building. The organizers of the rally are the representatives of the national radical and nationalist forces. Information about the rally was distributed in media on a paid basis and in radical nationalist groups on social networks.
112 Ukraine TV Channel once again appeals to the country's law enforcement agencies and demands to ensure the safety of the media, to enable journalists to carry out their duties calmly and without danger to their health.
A number of prominent European officials like Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and several dozens of Members of European Parliament have already called on the Ukrainian authorities to ensure the security of journalists and stop the attacks on freedom of expression.
The staff of the channel sent an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a request to influence Ukrainian authorities.
However, the radicals are threatening us again and there is no reaction from the security forces again. Last time, after the threats of the radicals, our channel was shelled from a grenade launcher. The culprits have not yet been found.
The National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting illegally revoked the digital broadcast licenses of the 112 Ukraine TV Channel, while a number of corruption acts by the members of the National Council are not investigated.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has created a temporary investigative commission for the so-called investigation of the activity of the 112 Ukraine TV Channel, while the initiator of such a commission is itself involved in a high-profile corruption scandal.
Freedom of speech in Ukraine is under threat. It needs protection. It needs to be protected today.