National Council officially warned Espreso.TV for broadcasting Putin’s speech
The National council for issues of TV and radio broadcasting declared an official warning to the channel Espreso.TV for live broadcasting of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. This decision was taken by the regulating agency at the session of December 18, "Interfaks-Ukraina" informs.
The TV channel representatives said that they broadcast the speech as a news event. After a long discussion, the members of the National Council decided to declare a warning to the channel, and to instruct it “not to allow similar violations in the future”.
The head of the channel Espreso.TV, people’s deputy Mykola Kniazhytskyi, when commenting on the National council’s decision, expressed an opinion that it was not the channel’s fault that in his speech Putin was encouraging inter-ethnic hostilities, and after the warning to his channel, it would be logical to start a criminal case against Putin for this.
The Espreso.TV's ex-editor-in-chief people’s deputy Vadym Denysenko, said that such decision of the National council can be seen as an attempt of censorship, and that it will hurt the reputation of Ukraine’s new authorities abroad.