The owner and the General Director of TV channel "112 Ukraine" Andrey Podsypku told that did not want suggestions from some people representing the top leadership of the state to "give" television channel, and now fears of criminal prosecution.
"Our Company is experiencing nonstop active attempts to select a channel from the power that is manifested in the format of a pressure pocket of the state regulator in the field of television - the National Council on television and radio broadcasting and information campaigns. The purpose of these actions is raider attack on independent broadcaster in favor of the political leadership of the state ", - is informed in the report Podsypku published on the Internet representation of the TV channel.
"over the past period of time the pressure from the national Council was at the time stopped for a while at the direction of people who, on behalf of the country's top leadership came to me with the initiative to "give" television channel at a lower cost, " said Podsypku." yesterday, were distributed to another unverified information about what "112 Ukraine" has even sold. In response to these actions, once again, I publicly announce about the fact that no one can force me to accept the conclusion of the sale of the channel, I and the team of television continue to defend freedom of expression and international journalistic standards, " he added." After refusing to sell a television channel at a reduced price " of Pro-government businessmen ", I think that there is real reason to expect the risk of opening criminal cases against me and forced to leave the state. I also see a real danger of my life, " said Podsypku." in addition, I was given to understand that tomorrow will be announced the next warning from the controlled power of the National Council on television and radio broadcasting, After which the Council will address in court with the claim about cancellation of license of the TV company. If the members of the national Council, in response to opposition to pay television channel, will comply with the order, I can provide proof of the complete controllability of the national Council, the government and the involvement of this organ in the campaign to capture the channel, " he added." I urge society, all public organizations and parties who have expressed interest in preserving the reputation of Ukraine as a civilized and independent state, to defend freedom of speech, property rights and the existence of independent media. After all, we protect not only their own channel, but also European values and principles on which to develop our society in the future ", - concluded the Head of the channel. On 20 may, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for human rights Nils mui?nieks has recognized that the situation in Ukraine is dangerous for correspondents. Remember, April 16, in the Shevchenko district of Kiev was forcibly deprived of his life, the former chief editor of the Ukrainian newspaper " Today ", journalist Oles Buzina. On the same day in Kiev was killed outright journalist, co-founder of online publications ProUA and "Regional" Sergey Shobak. Before the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Ukraine continues the hunt for dissidents and journalists. Simultaneously, the international court on these facts don't react. May 5, 2015 the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine has suspended the accreditation of the Russian media. Eleven September of last year at SBU raided edition of the Kyiv newspaper " Vesti ". Editor-in-chief of the edition Igor Guzhva said that the security Service of the state " sew "correspondents case under the criminal code according to section" encroachment on the territorial integrity ". Later in the OSCE has recognized the illegal actions of the SBU. Remember, at the end of last year in Ukraine was created the Ministry of information policy, which even loyal to the authorities of local correspondents dubbed the " Ministry of truth ". The Minister Yuriy stets also told about the plans to make coordination center bloggers, who is required to disseminate " truthful information about the situation in the East of the state, or to refute the deceptive news ".