Case on funding terrorism opened against beneficiary owners of NewsOne
The criminal proceeding on funding terrorism has been opened against the beneficiary owners of NewsOne TV channel, as the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko told at the press briefing today, as quoted by Intefax-Ukraine. “Two persons at the same time are directors of off-shore of Ukrainian TV channel and of off-shore where a Russian bank with the status of an authorized agent for financing the state defense orders of the Russian Federation, and thus is involved in conducting an aggressive war against Ukraine. Today, the process of funding terrorism has been instituted," he said. Lutsenko considers there are all the grounds to call off the broadcast licenses of NewsOne TV channel. On July 7, Russian presenter Dmitry Kiselev announced in the program “News of the week”that a joint teleconference “Need to talk” with the Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne belonging to the ally of Viktor Medvedchuk, Taras Kozak, was to be held on July 12. NewsOne has announced that it is launching a joint project with the Russian television channel “Russia 24” “Need to talk”, since they thought one should initiate discussion between “the peoples of the two countries, and not the politicians.” The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) initiates an urgent extraordinary meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), aiming to impose some sanctions to legal entities which are broadcasting under the logos “112 Ukraine” and NewsOne TV channels. The National Council on Television and Radio will hold an extraordinary meeting on July 9 due to announced TV link-up between NewsOne and Russia 24. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has called the announced TV link-up of Ukraine’s NewsOne TV channel and Russian state-owned channel Russia 24 a cheap but dangerous PR stunt ahead of the parliamentary elections. On July 8th, NewsOne TV channel has cancelled the TV linkup “Need to talk” with the Russian TV channel Rossiya-24 (VGTRK). On July 8th, the General Prosecutor’s Office has instituted proceeding on attempted high treason, due to providing media support to the subversive activity against Ukraine that the NewsOne TV channel would commit by holding TV link-up “Need to Talk” with the Russian channel “Russia 24”. On July 8th, the General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko claimed that one of beneficiary owner of the NewsOne TV channel is co-owner of Russian bank “Promsvyazbank”, through which the Kremlin is handling finance to the war against Ukraine. On July 8th, in the front of the NewsOne editorial office in Kyiv, protesters gathered to claim there was inadmissible to hold TV link-up with Russian TV channel “Russia 24”. The same day, NewsOne editorial board claimed the action of protest under its office as a pressure case. On July 9th, the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council said to hold an unscheduled verification of the NewsOne TV channel (company “News 24 hours”), given the TV channel’s project to hold TV link-up with a Russian television channel “Russia 1”, which is banned in Ukraine.
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