Verkhovna Rada forms commission to investigate TV channels, 112 Ukraine activity

The investigation will concern NewsOne, 112 Ukraine, ZIK TV channels
18:56, 17 October 2019

Verkhovna Rada of 9th convocation, first session, August 31, 2019
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Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has approved as a whole the draft resolution, which provides for the investigation of the activities of three TV channels - NewsOne, 112 Ukraine and ZIK. 278 MPs voted in favor of the decision.

112 Ukraine TV channel broadcasted Verkhovna Rada plenary session.

MPs defined the following tasks of the Temporary Investigation Commission:

- comprehensive review of circumstances of acquisition, sources of payment and receipt of money when changing the owners of NewsOne, 112, ZIK;   

- identifying those who influence the editorial policies of these TV channels;

- determining the share of these channels on the information market;

- investigation whether there was a systematic propagation of ideas and theses that could threaten the national security;     

- investigation whether there were information operations aimed at undermining the defense capability, demoralization of the Armed Forces personnel and other military formations, provoking extremist manifestations, inciting panic moods, destabilizing social, political and economic situation, inciting ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in Ukraine.  

If sufficient grounds are established, members of the commission should initiate bringing those responsible to justice. The Cabinet of Ministers, Interior Ministry, General Prosecutor’s Office, Security Service of Ukraine, Ministry of Justice were instructed to support activities of the Temporary Investigation Commission.   

MP Olha Vasylevska-Smahlyuk was elected the head of TIC, and Oleksandr Ustynov is the deputy head.

As it was reported, 112 Ukraine, NewsOne TV channels held anti-censorship rally at European Parliament. They went for an information campaign there, rallying against the censorship and pressure against the media in Ukraine. Every MEP got a presentation kit, which included the printed and digital materials about the situation with two of Ukraine's TV channels - as well as a box of chocolates, wrapped in the 'sweet covers', which 'the Ukrainian government is trying to use to cover the worrisome real state of affairs when it comes to freedom of speech in this country', as the delegation members put it.

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