Pryamiy TV channel expressed support for UA:First TV channel and also stated the pressure of the President's Office on the issue of the presence of members of parliament from Servant of the People political party on air. The TV channel published the corresponding appeal on its own Youtube-channel.
Journalists note that the President's Office has "long and tough" controlled the presence of their politicians on the TV channel.
According to them, the staff of the Pryamiy TV channel has repeatedly faced demands from the Office ot the President of Ukraine through the party's press secretary about the number of their deputies on the air, as well as the presence of certain guests together with "servants".
"After refusing to comply with their ultimatums, Pryamiy received a refusal to participate in the programs of representatives of the pro-government political force. This was the case before the current parliamentary session. On September 3, Bankova gave a direct instruction to completely ignore the Pryamiy TV channel - the press service unofficially reported that "servants" were forbidden to come at the highest level," the channel said in a statement.
They added that journalists of Pryamiy TV channel were repeatedly not accredited for events with the participation of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
As it was reported earlier, the host of the Countdown talk show on UA:First TV channel Myroslava Barchuk stated that UA: First TV channel has come under pressure from the Office of the President of Ukraine, which is manifested in the control over the presence of guests on air.
Myroslava Barchuk openly declares the threat to freedom of speech and independent journalism in general.
Earlier, the Foundation for the Protection of Freedom of Speech has already sent over 700 letters of appeal in order to draw the world's attention to the illegal closure of the media in Ukraine. Among addressees were Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the G7, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, UN Secretary General, OSCE Representatives on Freedom of the Media, Members of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Members of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, President of the European Parliament and others.
In connection with the illegal actions of the authorities, the journalists appeared to the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken regarding the introduction of total censorship and a serious threat to freedom of information in Ukraine, handed over an open letter to the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy from 2010 to 2014 Stefan Füle and ex-President of Poland Alexander Kwasniewski, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Irene Khan, and the Spokesperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Marta Hurtado. And the Council of Europe recommended journalists of illegally closed Pershiy Nezalezhniy channel to appeal to ECHR.
The Foundation is currently preparing new appeals to the Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the G7 countries, the World Bank, the UN, the OSCE, the European Parliament and other institutions about the relentless pressure on freedom of speech in Ukraine.