The regulation committee of the Verkhovna Rada ruled that the Parliament is to decide whether to adopt the draft resolution #9157 on cancellation of the decision to urge the Security Council to impose sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne.
“The members of the committee presented two proposals. One was to approve the draft conclusion developed by the secretariat of the Committee. Another one was to send a separate letter to the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada which would contain our vision of appliance of the regulation's requirements concerning the prevention of impersonal voting and practice of using the 47th and 48th articles,” Pavlo Pinzenik, the acting chairman of the regulation committee, said.
The authors of the draft resolution showed a video at the session which confirms that some people’s deputies pushed the buttons during voting for the order #9157 on appeal to National Security and Defence Council concerning the imposition of sanctions against two TV channels.
It was noted within the discussion that according to the regulation, the Spokesperson of the Parliament has to react right after the voting in a push-the-button situation. Moreover, the regulatory committee is not authorized to give recommendations to the Parliament to vote for the legislative decree again.
Besides, it was noted that according to the regulation, the draft resolution comes into force on the day of its adoption, so the Parliament’s appeal to NSDC took effect on October 4 no matter whether the Chairman of the Parliament signed it or not.
As we reported earlier, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada urges 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)'.
CEO of 112 Ukraine TV channel Yegor Benkendorf stated that the attempt to stop the operation of 112 Ukraine is a part of a large-scale process and concerns an unsatisfactory situation with the respect of freedom of speech in Ukraine. According to him, 112 Ukraine TV channel has to confirm the impossibility to protect its rights independently by legal tools, and soon, it might lead to cessation of the broadcasting.
The appeal was sent to the President of the European Commission Donald Tusk, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Liliane Maury-Pasquier, President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Coordinator of the Europe and Central Asia Program of the Committee to Protect Journalists Nina Ognianova, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists Anthony Bellanger.
112 Ukraine TV channel emphasizes again that it was following the principles of the journalistic work, giving an opportunity to express one’s opinion for all the Ukrainian politicians, the representatives of the governmental bodies and independent experts during its existence. Also, the channel does not avoid covering acute political and social issues, and such position of the TV channel cases and will cause opposition from individual politicians and political forces.