‘We are young, just five years old. But already we are the country’s top news channel. We have an influence, authority and, most importantly, the trust of our viewers. We are objective and adhere to international journalism ethics and standards. The elections are coming in 2019. Our government doesn’t want other views, nor opinions. Therefore, it’s trying to shut us down. However, we aren’t giving up. Here, in Ukraine, we are doing everything to ensure that our channel continues to give the accurate and objective information. But our power doesn’t equal the power of the authorities. That is why we won’t make it without your help. Freedom of speech is a core value of all European countries. Help us keep this value in Ukraine’, Volodymyr Poluyev, the anchor at 112 Ukraine TV channel says in his address to the European politicians.
Earlier, the leaders of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne Artem Marchevskyi and Vasyl Holovanov paid an official visit to the European Parliament, where they enjoyed the support of the MPs in terms of prevention of sanctions against these TV channels. Heidi Hautala, the Vice President of the European Parliament, and another group of MEPs expressed concern about the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine. Besides, a signature collection is conducted in Brussels under the appeal to the Verkhovna Rada on the protection of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels.
As it was reported earlier, European parliamentarians David Coburn, Jonathan Arnott visited the main office of 112 Ukraine TV channel on October 30. Their goal was to personally find out the reasons for the scandalous voting on sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne and to monitor the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada urged the country’s National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to introduce sanctions against several Ukrainian TV channels. 229 MPs supported the draft law No. 9157 on 'Approval of recommendations to introduce personal special economic sanctions and other restrictive measures (sanctions)'.
Thirteen European parliamentarians appealed to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to revoke the decision on imposing sanctions on 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels. The leaders of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne channels arrived in Brussels personally to talk to the lawmakers and get their support. The issue of freedom of speech in Ukraine is raised at the international conferences, forums and in the offices of European parliamentarians. The MPs carefully study the situation regarding the sanctions against Ukrainian broadcasters, and sign the petition.
112 Ukraine is an informational and analytical TV channel which broadcasts 18,5 hours per day on air and uses modern technologies to be the first channel to provide the unbiased information on important and interesting events going on in Ukraine and in the world. This is mentioend in the respective statement by Artem Marchevskyi, the Chief Producer, and Yehor Benkendorf, Director General of 112 Ukraine.