The directory of the TV channels told that the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine has not changed. The journalists of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne are still being suppressed and intimidated.
“The European parliamentarians notice continuous suppressions of the independent media by the Ukrainian authority – journalists are being attacked, the authority is trying to shut down the TV channels. We’ve been to Ukraine and we saw this situation with our own eyes. We raised this question in the European Parliament and we support the freedom of media in Ukraine. Therefore, a draft resolution on freedom of media in Ukraine was presented to the European Parliament. It is supposed to be a serious argument for the Ukrainian leadership. Ukraine has chances to become a European state by adhering to these requirements,” Jonathan Arnott said.
“There are serious issues with the freedom of speech in Ukraine, so it’s important for Ukraine to become a strong country and to be independent from the Western or Eastern partners. Ukraine cannot be strong if there is no independent media and journalists are afraid of expressing themselves. If media workers are afraid that their statements might cost them security, Ukraine will never be a strong state and a European state,” MP Arne Gericke noted.
“Today is a special day in the history of the relationships between Ukraine. For the first time, a process of draft resolution “On freedom of media in Ukraine” is being considered in the EP. Regular political pressure on the independent TV channels 112 Ukraine and NewsOne become the reason for that. The order on sanctioning these two broadcasters adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on October 4 was the peak. Since then, the managers and the journalists of the TV channels have conducted over twenty meetings with the European politicians. Also, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy was informed about the fact of suppressing media. In her special statement, she stressed that the freedom of speech cannot be limited under the pretext of concern for national security. It is significant that the registration of the draft resolution coincided with the discussion of the process of implementation of the Association Agreement in the EU, according to which Kyiv obliged to respect the freedom of media. After formal legal procedures are completed, the draft resolution “On freedom of speech in Ukraine” will be presented to the consideration and discussion in the EP during one of the upcoming session at the beginning of 2019,” 112 Ukraine General Producer Artem Marchevsky said in French Senate lobbies.
NewsOne General Producer Vasyl Golovanov supported his colleague: “Our today’s visit to Strasbourg is very important. We met with three European parliamentarians, who are deeply concerned about the freedom of speech in Ukraine. The document which the MPs prepared will be presented in the EU today. I am convinced that it will not remain unnoticed among the MP’s. Today is a historic day for our stated, as the situation with Ukraine’s democracy will be discussed from EP rostrum. Freedom of speech in Ukraine is the main question”.
In addition, 112 Ukraine will broadcast the session of the EP, where 112 Ukraine General Producer Artem Marchevsky and NewsOne General Producer Vasyl Golovanov will talk about the aims and accomplishments of the visit to the EP.
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 mentioned in the respective statement by Artem Marchevskyi, the Chief Producer, and Yehor Benkendorf, Director General of 112 Ukraine.