New Ukrainian authority continues to parasite on war in the east of the country, providing no change to end it and disruption of Kyiv-Moscow telecast proofs it as Yuriy Boyko, the Parliamentarian, founder of Opposition Platform – For Life stated during meeting with leaders of the Russian government, State Duma and Yedinaya Rossiya (United Russia) in Moscow.
“I think that NewsOne did the right thing, when it canceled the telecast, because when there is a real, and it was a real threat to the journalists’ life, any political show does not worth the life. And they did right when they evaded this conflict. In fact, it was a real hysteria of the leaving authority, representatives of the current authority, nationalists; it was such hysteria because they want to delay the normalization of relations with Russia and stop of the military conflict at all costs. This parasyting on war; it continues and it continues at its worst when the freedom of speech is banned and strangled,” Boyko said.
Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk added that his party is the only one political force, which supported the journalists, editorial council and TV channel.
“We think that it is the crime against the freedom of speech; it is the crime against the journalists; it is pressure; it is an attempt to make media tame. And when it took place and usually it was perceived from the side of Mr. Poroshenko; it looks weird, at first glance, but only at first glance, that these attempts continue under a new president. But, probably, it is the beliefs of a person who thinks that it is normal,” Medvedchuk said.
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.