The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine got into the business when adopted resolution No. 9157 approval of the use of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) in respect of broadcasters TV channel “112 Ukraine” and NewsOne. This was stated by people’s Deputy Alexey Goncharenko on the talk show “Pulse” on the TV channel “112 Ukraine”.
“The fact that this decision was wrong – obviously. It was not necessary to make, it was not necessary to vote. It is a fact that is understandable. I did not vote this resolution, and it may lead to nothing. In any case it is wrong because Parliament got into a field that does not belong to him. It’s not the job of Parliament, it is not our business. We have no right to decide”, – said Goncharenko.
As reported, a delegation of senators and the leaders of the European journalists ‘ trade unions will arrive in Kiev to support the “112 Ukraine” and NewsOne.
We will remind, at the head of the state has registered a petition against the suppression of freedom of speech in Ukraine and using sanctions to the TV “112 Ukraine” and NewsOne.
In addition, a member of the UK Parliament, head of friendship group with the Parliament of Ukraine John Whittingdale stated that it did not support any sanctions against television channels and will personally look into the situation around, “112 Ukraina” and NewsOne.
4 October 2018, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution approving the use of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) in respect of broadcasters TV channel “112 Ukraine” and NewsOne.
These restrictions “112 Ukraine” considers the infringement of freedom of speech and a threat to independent media in Ukraine, therefore, for the protection channel forced to turn to international organizations. Already sent letters to the President of the European Commission Donald Tusk, European Commissioner Federica Mogherini and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.
Harassment in the work of the TV channel “112 Ukraine” has since its Foundation considers unacceptable and announced the cancellation of license of the TV channel and ban on the use of radio frequencies.
Later, the European Parliament has started collecting signatures under the appeal to the Verkhovna Rada with an appeal to reconsider the decision to appeal to the NSDC on the introduction of sanctions against the TV channel “112 Ukraine” and NewsOne.