Information about a fire on NewsOne was not confirmed, as the host of the channel said on air.
At around 8:40 am, the host stated that there was a fire on the territory of the TV channel:
“It was announced that a fire broke out on NewsOne studio. We are trying to figure out what happened, and whether it was connected with the political pressure on NewsOne, with yesterday’s decision of the Verkhovna Rada. The colleagues started leaving the office, the premise, our newsroom, yet there is no indicators of a fire, like a mild smoke,” the host noted.
At 9:40 am, the host informed that it was a fire escape drill.
Reportedly, Ukraine’s Parliament declined the draft on cancellation of the decision to urge the Security Council to impose sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne.
On October 4, 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).'
Later, Opposition Bloc representatives Oleksandr Vilkul and Nestor Shufrych registered a draft on cancellation of this decision.
A petition on prevention of suppression of freedom of speech in Ukraine and sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels was registered on the website of Ukraine's President.