European lawmakers David Coburn and Jonathan Arnott visited the main office of 112 Ukraine TV channel in Kyiv 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 freedom of speech in Ukraine.
The MEPs have already acquainted with the internal work of the TV channel, its professional team, the process of providing news and live broadcasts. In addition, their visit was broadcasted live on 112 Ukraine TV channel. After that, European deputies participated in the TV project of Elina Beketova, where they shared their impressions about the work of Ukraine’s broadcasting leader and concern over Ukrainian authorities’ pressure on the TV channel.
On October 31, the European deputies will meet with the head of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine Yuriy Artemenko, and find out the reason Ukrainian authorities are obstructing the work of one of the country's top TV channels and why the National TV Council supports this.
“We are glad to welcome on our TV channel European deputies who share our position and are ready to fight for the truth. They got acquainted with the work of our large team of professionals; and now they want to hear the opinion of people whose vision on freedom of speech in Ukraine radically differs from ours. With this visit, we created a unique precedent on the media scene of Ukraine, so we are looking forward to our European friends meeting with usurpers of freedom of speech in Ukraine,' 112 Ukraine general producer Artem Marchevsky said.
As it was reported 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 appeal 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 parliamentarians and to get their support. The issue of freedom of speech in Ukraine is brought up at the international conferences, forums and in the offices of European parliamentarians. The politicians carefully study the situation regarding sanctions against Ukrainian broadcasters and sign the petition.