NewsOne urged Ukrainian politicians to stop manipulations in the channel

© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in fotosensibilizatora entrance in front of the channel NewsOne in Kiev. 4 Dec 2017NewsOne urged Ukrainian politicians to stop manipulations in the channel© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace the image Bank

Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne on Thursday appealed to politicians and officials calling for an end to political manipulation around it, reads the open letter of the collective of the channel.

Earlier Thursday, the national Council on television and radio broadcasting of Ukraine has appointed an unscheduled inspection of the channel due to changes in the structure of ownership.

«We urge the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, members of the Council, members of the National Council on television and radio and officials at all levels to exclude any political motives and to ensure objectivity in the examination of any question concerning our channel. We demand an end to electoral games and political manipulation around NewsOne,» — said in a letter published on the website of the TV channel.

The report said that the channel has always worked and intends to work in accordance with European norms and standards of journalism in covering the events in Ukraine and abroad.

«We are talking about the veracity, accuracy and objectivity of information that we provide to our viewers. The basic values of the channel and its employees have been and remain the balance of opinion and social responsibility», — the document says.

In August the former Deputy head of the administration of ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych Andriy Portnov announced the signing of an agreement to manage a TV channel NewsOne for a period of three years. Later independent member of Parliament, former owner of the channel Eugene Moore reported that the new owner of NewsOne became the Deputy from party «Oppositional block» Taras Kozak, while Portnow announced that early termination of the management agreement channel.

The Ukrainian Parliament invited the Council of national security and defense Council (NSDC) to impose sanctions against the TV channel «112.Ukraine» and NewsOne of the «propaganda of the aggressor state», the corresponding draft resolution was adopted on Thursday. Party Opposition bloc said that sanctions against Ukrainian channels will mean the introduction of censorship in the country and will lead to the elimination of freedom of speech; the party has asked its international partners to assess the actions of the authorities. Later, the Parliament received a draft, the adoption of which will cancel the decision on sanctions.

Earlier monitoring mission by the UN human rights in Ukraine published a report in which it was reported that the observers in may and August 2018 recorded 30 occasions when he had been a violation of freedom of speech and freedom of the media. It is as physical attacks of violence (including one fatality) on the media and civil society activists, and of their humiliation, or intimidation. Observers also point out that the investigation of murders of journalists in Ukraine significantly delayed.