The shutdown of the TV channels is unacceptable in a democratic state. Yuriy Miroshnichenko, the representative of “Opposition Platform – For Life” said this on air of 112 Ukraine, commenting on the possible shutdown of 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels.
“There should be no suppression of the freedom of speech in the state which claims to be a democracy. There cannot be any decision on the shutdown of the TV channels, there cannot be politicians’ dictatorship over media, as the media give the Ukrainians an opportunity to learn the various points of views. 112 Ukraine and NewsOne are those news channels which show not only the authority’s position but also the alternative points of view of the politicians, experts, public figures. Such decision of the Parliament is shameful not only for the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada but also for Ukraine in general. Even the European parliamentarians considered this question at their sessions, a resolution was adopted; more than 40 European parliamentarians state that the freedom of speech in Ukraine is under a threat,” Miroshnichenko said.
As it was reported, the General Producer of 112 Ukraine TV channel Artem Marchevsky told NewsOne TV channel about the visit to the European Parliament and the details of the draft resolution on the freedom of the press in Ukraine.
Earlier, the first-ever draft resolution "On freedom of speech in Ukraine" was registered in the European Parliament.