The European Federation of Journalists assumes control of the situation with 112 Ukraine as Serhiy Tomilenko, the Chairman of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine reported.
‘We negotiated with the leadership of the European Federation of Journalists and they take control over the situation. On Monday, Secretary General of the Federation Ricardo Gutierrez will publicly comment this issue. The key point is that the journalists have rights for the profession and any official can threat, put pressure or hinder the journalistic activities. The European Federation of Journalists intends to express the solidarity with the channel and its personnel’, Tomilenko said.
The Chairman of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine noted that official should not dictate to the mass media what to do but look for the possibilities for the mutual understanding.
‘We invite the representatives of the National Council for the discussion to the National Union of Journalists but they boycott us and do not come to the public report. They report on the social media that they are so great workers. The main characteristic of the European democracies and countries from where the majority of the Journalists’ Union’s leaders originate is the accountability of the official’, he added.
We recall that the National Council refused 112 Ukraine TV Channel in the relocation of the broadcasting concept to the information one for 34 times. On the basis of the formal violation, it imposed the fines and preventions against 112 Ukraine TV Channel. The Ukrainian and international experts treat such actions of the regulator as the pressure on the TV channel and freedom of speech in the country.
Earlier 112 Ukraine TV Channel protested against the activity of Yuriy Artemenko, the head of the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine. The channel's management insists that the official has been conducting the Council's actions in the way that prevents 112 Ukraine TV from broadcasting; previously, he stated that the Council would not issue the license for this medium.