Prosecutor’s General Office of Ukraine and State Security Service of Ukraine launched the criminal investigation and issued subpoenas to NEWSONE TV channel staff members. Both top public servants and a number of politicians produce public accusations against the channel which are intensifying every day. All these actions qualify as a direct pressure upon journalists and NEWSONE TV channel creative team.
For the 5 last years the Ukrainian authorities have been waging war against the freedom of speech. Independent journalists and bloggers were subject to threats, persecution and imprisonment. Not a single criminal case investigating the beating of NEWSONE TV channel journalists has been completed. No one has been held responsible for the violence against our team members. The authorities have been systematically applying pressure upon independent mass media by using different audits of media outlets or by threatening to shut down the channel. These methods are being used now to intimidate staff members of NEWSONE TV channel.
The bullying of independent media has become particularly cruel on the eve of elections. Irresponsible political leaders are promoting themselves and fight for the voters using such attacks against independent media. Instead of fulfilling their duties and protecting the journalists, the state authorities play along with irresponsible politicians.
NEWSONE TV channel staff members demand that the public authorities immediately stop intimidating and pressuring the channel during pre-election period. Authorities must abide by Ukrainian laws. We call on world community and Ukrainian citizens for solidarity with the protection of universal and fundamental right to freedom of speech.
We are grateful to all members of the channel audience and our followers on the web for your support of NEWSONE staff members.
NEWSONE will continue fighting for the freedom of speech and every viewer’s right to get full and unbiased information.