“I appeal to Volodymyr Oleksandrovych. You are the guarantor of Constitution. Please, leave the free TV channels alone. Thanks to them, you became the president today. Thanks to these channels, which told the truth about the crimes of the ex-authority, you are on the throne today. Please, slap the hands of those who want to close NewsOne TV channel,” Kozak said.
He also appealed to the Ukrainian journalists.
“Today, NewsOne is closed; tomorrow, all of you [TV channels] will be closed. It is a precedent, which cannot be admitted", he claimed.
As we reported earlier, NewsOne TV channel canceled the telecast with Russia24 TV channel. The media planned the event for July 12; however, the very idea to organize and hold such event evoked a huge public outrage. Protesters came to the channel's building, enraged at the idea of holding dialogue with the Russian state-sponsored medium. As the channel's staff faced multiple threats, the telecast was canceled.
Members of the International Editorial Board of NewsOne TV channel responded to the pressure from the side of the radicals on the workers of the channel.
Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has opened the criminal case against the beneficiary owners of NewsOne TV channel. Lutsenko marked that two individuals, the directors of offshore companies are the beneficiary owners of the TV channel; according to him, they are connected with Russia's PromSvyazBank involved in funding and serving the Russian state defense order. Thus, a criminal case on funding terrorism is initiated.