SBU initiates extraordinary NSDC meeting due to TV link-up
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, as the SBU website reported. "I find it absolutely unacceptable that NewsOne TV channel set up the TV link-up with "with the main propagandist TV channel of the aggressor country, which is subjected to sanctions," - head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov said. "The SBU sent a letter to the directors of the media holding" News "(TV channels : 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK) warning of the responsibility for having held joint events together with the channel "Russia" and other broadcasters of the aggressor state that are under the sanctions of the NSDCU," Bakanov said. At the same time, it is suggested to adopt the decision on imposing of personal specific economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) against the legal entities broadcasting under the logos "112 Ukraine" and NewsOne at the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, in accordance with the Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine dated October 4, 2018, No. 2589-VIII (initiated by the Security Service of Ukraine in October 2018) and to put them into effect by a relevant decree to be signed by the President of Ukraine. Also, the heads of the SBU appealed to the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting regarding the possibility of warning of the above-mentioned entities of news activity about the inadmissibility of violation of licensing requirements and the current legislation (cooperation with legal entities of the Russian Federation, which are in the sanction list of the National Security and Defense Council). This could translate into imposing fines on them. Besides that, the SBU proposed to:
- appeal to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada with a request to consider the situation regarding the functioning of these TV channels before the Antimonopoly Committee at the next parliamentary session. The antimonopoly committee has to verify whether the acquisition of NewsOne, 112 Ukraine and ZIK television channels by Taras Kozak has been a violation of the antimonopoly legislation;
- to propose to the Verkhovna Rada to enshrine in the law the authority of the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting to cancel the license for broadcasting or license of the service provider without resorting to the court, if the violation has not been suppressed after "warning notice" and the "fine", or in case of failure to comply with the order of the state regulator;
- to initiate before the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine using of measures to de-monopolize the media landscape by the media holding "News".
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