The leaders of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels met with the acting Vice President of the European Parliament Heidi Hautala and told in detail about the pressure of Ukrainian politicians on freedom of expression in form of the scandalous voting to impose sanctions on 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels.
Speaking to a Finnish politician, the leaders of national mass media acquainted her with the political situation in Ukraine and talked about the pressure on freedom of speech in Ukraine and the obstructions of the work of journalists of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels.
During a meeting with the leaders of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne, the MEP assured that she would personally monitor all court proceedings and events around these TV channels and raise this issue directly with the head of the European Parliament-Ukraine Friendship Group and with her colleagues from the Green League faction of Finland.
Ms. Hautala emphasized that European deputies should jointly defend the principles of freedom of speech in each country. According to her, in addition to the political ways, the whole arsenal of legal instruments should be used by TV channels in the struggle for the right to speak, and European politicians will actively monitor litigation in all instances.
As it was reported earlier, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada urges 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 appeal 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 parliamentarians 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 deputies carefully study the situation regarding sanctions against Ukrainian broadcasters, and sign the petition.