Zelensky on pressure on 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK TV channels: I will explore issue

Zelensky also specified that the revoking of 112 Ukraine license is the past case and underlined that he cannot influence it
14:09, 11 October 2019

Press marathon with President Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky will consider the issue of putting pressure on 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels as 112 Ukraine reported.

The president of Ukraine was asked by NewsOne TV presenter Vitaliy Dyky about the creation of the temporary investigative commission (TIC), which will consider the legality of the work of these channels.

“It (the TIC, - is approved that it will take place in the Regulation committee. In fact, the representatives of your faction supported this idea. And, even worse, the issue is against NewsOne, 112 Ukraine and ZIK. The authority and you associate the power solely in your hands, let’s be outspoken, to be honest, you have powerful presidential authority, tries to do everything to close our TV channels. What is the reason for such circumstances?,” Dyky asked.

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Zelensky stated that he knew nothing about the creation of such TIC; however, he promised to explore the issue of the pressure of the National Council on NewsOne TV channel and TIC creation.

“I do not influence the National Council (on TV and Radio Broadcasting, - Its composition works since the previous period of time,” Zelensky answered.

He also specified that the revoking of 112 Ukraine license is the past case and underlined that he cannot influence it.

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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 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.

Related: Zelensky about 112 Ukraine TV channel broadcasting license deprivation: National Council said something was overdue

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.

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