On July 2, the National Council of Ukraine for Television and Radio Broadcasting appointed an unscheduled inspection of the 112 Ukraine TV channel.
The formal reason is the citation of the article of Ukraine’s MP and Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk.
According to a statement on the website of the National Council, “Viktor Medvedchuk in his comment praises the Russian president's initiatives in international politics and expresses optimism about their implementation.”
It is noteworthy that Viktor Medvedchuk comments on an article by Russian President Vladimir Putin published in the American agency The National Interest. It caused a huge resonance and was widely covered in both the world and Ukrainian media.
112 Ukraine TV channel considers its mission to inform viewers of the current news agenda, with comments from MPs, scientists and experts. This case is no exception. The appearance of resonant information requires a reaction from our TV channel. And quoting Viktor Medvedchuk, as the only Ukrainian politician who gave a detailed analysis of this article, is part of our work of informing our viewers.
In this situation, we assess the actions of the National TV Council as an act of censorship of the punitive body, which once again demonstrated its prejudice against 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“We will continue to inform our viewers about the entire current agenda, without fear of intimidation from the National TV Council,” 112 Ukraine TV Channel Director General Yehor Benkendorf said.