Location Ukraine Ukraine

Harassment of the opposition television channel

National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting fined Ukrainian TV channel “112 Ukraine” and took away his 5 licenses for digital broadcasting. The fine amounted to 131.2 thousand hryvnia (about 6000 dollars). Formally, the basis for the decision of the council was a violation of the license terms. The channel has received a license to broadcast in the entertainment area. However, last year the channel actively covered political issues. Among all Ukrainian channels it was only one allowed itself to criticize the domestic policies of the government and the president. At the same time, the channel did not give grounds for charges of separatism.
National Council demanded that the channel within two weeks will rule out political programs and focus on entertainment programs.
Cancellation of licenses and strict requirements of the National Council are a means of political pressure on the only opposition channel in Ukraine.

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