The French Senate heard a report on the issues with freedom of speech in Ukraine at the example of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne. In particular, 112 Ukraine Producer General Artem Marchevsky, General Producer of NewsOne Vasyl Golovanov, and leader of Ukrainian “For life” political party Vadym Rabinovich visited the Senate to speak out on the problems with the freedom of speech in the country and harassment of journalists.
In the morning, during the hearing at the Senate, Vadym Rabinovich urged to protect the Ukrainian journalists and public figures.
“I got more votes in the presidential elections in Ukraine, than all the radicals in the state combined. I don’t quite get it. I came here with pain – our journalists are being killed and beaten and you say: “There is aggression in your country.” What aggression has to do with it? Is it allowed to murder the journalists under aggression? I can’t speak about Russia, I am not in charge of the situation. My heart is sick for our journalists, this is my pain. I pray and ask God to solve all the problems in our country, and then we will show our neighbors how to live. Indeed, our situation is difficult, yes, there is a war going on, but it’s not a reason for murdering the journalists,” he said.
The delegation with the French senators and leaders of the journalists' trade unions will come to Kyiv to deal with the situation. According to Artem Marchevsky, the senators supported both of the TV channels and promised to impose individual sanctions if the freedom of speech is suppressed and if violence used against journalists.
“It is important to understand that it’s easy to solve the problem of shutting down the TV channel. We can simply agree not to criticize the authority. And the problem will disappear in a day. But we will never do this. As we are doing our job. We are journalists, we give all points of view, we broadcast on air, we can’t be responsible for the words of our guests. We are simply doing our job and we ask you to support us,” Marchevsky said.