“The delegation from France will arrive in Kyiv. It is a very good sign. Not only the European Parliament and the UK, but also the French parliament support us in the fight for freedom of speech,” he said.
“As it appeared, the Head of French journalists trade union did not know about the situation with our TV channels and about the attack at NewsOne journalists. We are on the negotiations stage, yet we can assure that there will be an event in Kyiv with the senators from France, the Head of Ukraine’s journalists' trade union and other prominent European journalists. At the event, we will present the situation and the problems we have faced,” General Producer of NewsOne Vasyl Golovanov said.
Vadym Rabinovich, the leader of “For life” political party, added that he intended to invite the delegation to the supervisory board of the TV channels.
“If murders of journalists, attacks at journalists will continue, we will raise a question about individual sanctions against those who do this. I think that we will not just invite the senators to Kyiv, we will invite them to the supervisory board of NewsOne and 112 Ukraine. Then, we will see if the channels could be shut down,” he said.
Earlier, the leaders of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne Artem Marchevskyi and Vasyl Golovanov paid an official visit to the European Parliament, where they enjoyed the support of the MPs in terms of prevention of sanctions against these TV channels. Heidi Hautala, Vice President of the European Parliament, and another group of MEPs expressed concern about the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine. Besides, a signature collection is conducted in Brussels under the appeal to the Verkhovna Rada on the protection of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels.
As it was reported earlier, European parliamentarians David Coburn, Jonathan Arnott visited the main office of 112 Ukraine TV channel on October 30. Their goal was to personally find out the reasons for the scandalous voting on sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne and to monitor the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada urged 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 appealed 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 lawmakers 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 MEPs carefully study the situation regarding the sanctions against Ukrainian broadcasters and sign the petition.
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.