During the conversation, the leadership of the channels informed the MEPs about the pressure on independent media in Ukraine and cases of physical aggression against employees of these TV channels. Dariusz Rosati stormy reacted to the fact that the Ukrainian government and law enforcement agencies are inactive and do not take any measures in this incomprehensible situation for the European community.
‘I personally promise that European politicians will observe the situation around 112 Ukraine and NewsOne. The Ukrainian authorities and the law enforcement bodies will be under close supervision, they have to ensure the safety of the media workers, regardless of their views,’ co-Chair of EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee Dariusz Rosati claimed.
The second meeting for the leadership of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne was with MEP of the People’s Party Michael Gahler. ‘I am very concerned about this situation. Since the freedom of opinion is the basis for a European future. A vote on the EU-Ukraine Association will take place in Brussels in early December, and it may be possible to raise this issue among all members of the Parliament,’ he said.
‘The situation around 112 Ukraine and NewsOne has received wide publicity in the EU countries. This is not our first visit to Brussels. MEPs are shocked by the unprecedented steps of the Verkhovna Rada regarding the suppression of freedom of speech in Ukraine. Everyone remembers how the existing government declared the European way of our country and guaranteed respect for the principles of freedom of speech in Ukraine. However, we all see that Ukraine has tremendous problems with this, so we continue to meet with MEPs to stop the pressure on Ukrainian journalists and defend the right to broadcast on 112 Ukraine and NewsOne channels. In the conditions of absolute inactivity of Ukrainian institutions, we have high expectations for the European community, which strongly supports us,’ general producer of 112 Ukraine Artem Marchevsky said.
‘It will be difficult for Ukraine to overcome the planned path to Europe without respect for democratic principles. I hope that our further cooperation will bring positive results not only for our TV channels but also for the country as a whole,’ director of NewsOne Yuriy Budiak advised.
As we reported, the journalists of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels met with the representatives of OSCE mission that assesses the needs of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR OSCE) on November 20. The meeting took place in the Office of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine.