General Producers of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne Artem Marchevsky and Vasyl Golovanov were the guests of the previous episode of Ukrainian “Pulse” talk-show. They have just come back from French Senate where they discussed the issue of freedom of speech in Ukraine with the senators. Besides, the leaders of the TV channels met with the head of journalist trade union in France and got his support in the fight of the Ukrainian TV channels for the right to speak out.
“It’s not our first visit to Europe to protect the freedom of speech in Ukraine. It is a big resonance for us, the European deputies support the TV channels, they are ready to stand up for our right to speak. Recently, the British deputies arrived in Ukraine personally to deal with the situation. In French Senate, me and my colleague met with the French senator, who said that if the journalist work is still under threat, personal sanctions will be imposed against the current government and those responsible for media work constraints,” Artem Marchevsky, General Producer of 112 Ukraine, said.
In addition, this episode of “Pulse” has become the leading one among the broadcasting information channels.
Due to this, 112 Ukraine became information channel #1 as of November 6.
The data on the television audience were provided by Industrial Television Committee; the research was conducted by Nielsen; Communication Alliance has conducted monitoring.
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 against journalists is applied.
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 channelsю
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 MPs 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.