The leaders of the journalist organizations from Italy, France and Germany are going to join the Supervisory board of the Ukrainian TV channels 112 Ukraine and NewsOne, as Vadym Rabinovich, the leader of “For life” political party, said on air of 112 Ukraine.
“They (the foreign delegation, -ed.) are going to come to us. Moreover, I have bad news for the authorities – all these leaders of the journalist organizations from Italy, France, and Germany are to join the Supervisory board of the TV channels to personally participate so that they are shut down with them and the French senators. The fight against the TV channels, which began during communism, is underway today. They want all of the TV channels to be a single “swan lake.” I think that any person with common sense should fight for the freedom of speech, for the right of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne as leading information channels of our state to show what is actually happening,” 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, 112 Director General, 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.
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.
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.
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.