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Parubiy to sign decree regarding sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels

Parubiy to sign decree regarding sanctions against 112 Ukraine and NewsOne TV channels

Parliament of Ukraine

Chairman of the Ukrainian ParliamentAndriyParubiywill sign thedecreeon theapproval of theofferingson the introduction of personal special economic and other restrictive measures to legal entities related to the television channels - after consideration of the submitted draft cancellation resolutions. The Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament claimed this today during his working visit to Georgia, the press office of the Ukrainian Parliament reported.
In particular,Parubiytold reporters that two resolutions were registered regarding the repeal of this parliamentary decision in accordance with the Law of Ukraine on the Sanctions.

According tohim, inorder to sign the primary decision, thesedecisions must be presented to theUkrainianParliament and rejected.
Yet,Parubiynoted that the consideration of the relevantdecreeswill takeplaceonthenearestplenary week; he said he was surethat they would be rejected.
I have no doubt that they will be rejected - at the sametime,it gives me the opportunity to sign thedecree on thesanctions, and it is already taking efffect. I am sure that the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine wonthesitate to study this situation and make the appropriate decision.
Earlier,Oleksandr Turchynov, theSecretary of National Defense Council, said that theappeal of the Ukrainian Parliament to theNational Security and Defense Council of Ukraineconcerns only the founders of112 Ukraine andNewsOneTV channels.

UkrainesVerkhovnaRadaurges the countrys National Security and Defense Council of Ukraineto introduce sanctions against several Ukrainian TV channels. 229 MPs supported the draft law No.9157on 'Approval of recommendations to introduce personal special economic sanctions and other restrictive measures (sanctions)'.
CEO of 112 Ukraine TV channel YegorBenkendorfstated 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 EuropeThorbjoernJagland, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Liliane Maury-Pasquier, President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of EuropeMarijaPejcinovicBuric, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Coordinator of the Europe and Central Asia Program of the Committee to Protect Journalists NinaOgnianova, 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 ones 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.
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The staff of 112 Ukraine TV channel insists that the steps made by the Ukrainian Parliament, which aim to apply sanctions against 112 Ukraine TV channel are nothing but a political decision; there is not enough evidence to make such decision, which badly lacks argumentation and may be considered unconstitutional.
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