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National Council seized court asking to cancel license of NewsOne

02.10.2019, 16:07

The National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting has requested the court to revoke the broadcasting license issued to the LLC “Novyny 24 hodyny” (NewsOne logo).

The relevant lawsuit was filed with the District Administrative Court of Kyiv, according to the website of the District Administrative Court.

The court is currently deciding whether to institute proceedings in this administrative case.

IMI reported, on September 5, the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting settled to seize the court in order to cancel the license of NewsOne TV channel due to the systematic incitement of hostility.

NewsOne claimed that it considered the decision of the National Council to seize the court in order to revoke the license as crackdown on freedom of speech in Ukraine, censorship and attempt to oust all independent media from the Ukrainian television and radio landscape.

On September 6, NewsOne appealed to the Kyiv District Administrative Court asking to declare it unlawful and to cancel the National Council's decision to appoint an unscheduled inspection of the TV channel.

In August, National Council member Serhiy Kostynskyi informed that the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting would ask judges to revoke the license of NewsOne TV channel.

According to a member of the National Council Serhiy Kostynsky, the regulator revealed some violation during an unscheduled NewsOne verification, due to the channel's project to conduct a telecast with Russia's 1 TV channel.

On July 24, representatives of NewsOne allowed members of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council working group to carry out a verification in its editorial office.

On July 9, the National Council decided to conduct an unscheduled on-site inspection of NewsOne (24 Hours News LLC) due to the channel's announcements of telecast plans to hold a TV link with Russian 1 TV channel.

On February 7, 2019, the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting adopted a decision to levy a fine of 25% of the license fee (96 thousand 530 UAH 25 kopecks) for the language of hostility.

On September 26, the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council refused to renew digital broadcasting licenses at the MX-5 regional multiplex to five regional companies broadcasting under the 112 Ukraine logo.

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