National TV Council to hold inspection of NewsOne

Source : 112 Ukraine

If the fact of legislation's violation is proved, the Council will appeal to the court
14:31, 9 July 2019

NewsOne TV channel

Ukraine’s National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting decided to hold an unscheduled inspection of NewsOne TV channel over the statement of the TV channel to conduct a telethon with Russian TV channel “Russia 1”, which is banned in Ukraine, as Deputy Head of the regulator Ulyana Feshchuk and members of the Council Segiy Kostinsky said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting supports the call of Ukraine’s Security Service to initiate convocation of the extraordinary meeting of National Security and Defence Council over NewsOne intentions to hold telethon with “Russia 1”.

Related: Protesters gather near Ukraine's NewsOne TV channel building

“We initiate an unscheduled inspection of the TV channel… including over the statements revealed in the announcement of the planned telethon with the Russian TV channel where Ukrainians were called fascists multiple times. If we prove the fact of provoking dissension, this would be the second sanctions against the TV channel which allows us to appeal to the court concerning revocation of a license,” Kostinsky said.

At the same time, he noted that unfortunately, the current law provides for a complicated procedure on concerning revocation of broadcasters’ license, even after multiple violations of the Ukrainian legislation.

Related: National Security and Defense Council gathers due to NewsOne-Russia24 telecast

According to Kostinsky, “it’s time for stronger measures towards those who rouses national hatred” on their airs.

“We have warned the TV channel multiple times and we see that violations continue,” Kostinsky noted.

The representatives of the National Council stated that the state regulator appealed to SBU over TV channel’s violations of Ukraine’s legislation.

Related: Statement of members of International Editorial Board of NewsOne TV channel

Prosecutor Generals’ Office of Ukraine (GPU) registered a criminal proceeding on an attempt to commit the state treason due to the plans of the Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne to hold telecast with the Russian TV channel. 

We Need to Talk telecast was the project initiated by NewsOne and Russia24 TV channels. The event was to be aired on Friday, July 12. 

Related: Constitutional Court considers case on sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne

The management of NewsOne TV channel stated that there will be no We Need to Talk telethon withRussia24 channel. There were statements about arranging rallies near the TV channel's building. On late July 7, these statements were followed by threats to assail reporters and their families.

On July 8, NewsOne TV channel canceled the telecast due to the threats of the physical harm over the journalists.

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