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National Council to start unscheduled verification of NewsOne

09.07.2019, 14:10
The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council is going 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. Such a decision has been adopted by the National Council on July 9 at an extraordinary meeting, as Interfax-Ukraine reported. As the deputy chairman of the regulator Ulyana Feshchuk and member of the National Council Serhiy Kostynsky noted, the National Council upheld the plea issued by the Security Service of Ukraine to initiate an extraordinary meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on the project of NewsOne to hold a TV channel with the TV channel "Russia 1". "We initiate an unscheduled outgoing inspection of the TV channel ... in particular, due to the statements made in the announcements of the planned TV link-up with the Russian television channel, during which Ukrainians have been repeatedly called fascists. If we prove the facts of incitement to hatred, this will be the second sanction of the TV channel, which will enable us to appeal to the court asking to withdraw the license ", Kostynsky said. At the same time, he noted that the law in vigour provides a very complicated procedure aiming to cancel the licenses of broadcasters, in particular even in case of repeated violations of Ukrainian legislation. According to Kostinsky, "it’s high time for hardline actions against those who stir up national hatred" in its programs. "We have repeatedly issued warnings to the NewsOne channel and we can see the violations are on," Serhiy Kostynsky told, urging the National Council to apply tougher sanctions to the TV channel. The National Council also reminded that they had been repeatedly appealing to the SBU as to the violation of the law by NewsOne. 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 NewsOne’s editorial board said the protest action in the front of its office was a case of pressure onto the journalists.
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