The editors of «Espreso» said about the political pressure on the TV channel

The editorial office of the TV channel «Espreso» said about the signs of political pressure in handling the people’s Deputy from the bloc of Petro Poroshenko Sergey Leshchenko in the National anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine with a demand to hold investigation against the channel.

«We are concerned about this attempt of a member of Parliament from the ruling party, Serhiy Leshchenko to use such power structure as NABOO for their own political purposes. We believe it is unacceptable to provoke a pressure on the independent media for their own political advertising,» – said in a statement.

According to the editorial, speculation around a change of owners of «Espresso» «have a custom and unethical in nature.»

«Unfortunately, some politicians and activists think for themselves is more profitable to poison those media which have a transparent property. At the same time, they are willing to support media that hides the owners or even with dubious sources of funding,» – said the TV channel.

The TV channel «Espresso» was created in the fall of 2013. It was founded by the wife of the people’s Deputy from «popular front» Nicholas Knyazhytsky Larissa and former editor of the weekly «Comments» Vadim Denisenko.

In August 2017, it became known that the owners of «Espresso» became the ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the wife of the Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov Inna.

30 December it became known that Yatsenyuk and Avakov has transferred its stake in the channel in favor of a foreign enterprise Atmosphere Entertainment, the ultimate beneficiary of which is a citizen of Ukraine, the son of a Ukrainian businessman and independent Parliament Deputy Konstantin Zhevago Ivan.

Yatsenyuk received from the sale of shares in 30% of the share capital of canal $1,465 million.

Leshchenko said in Facebook that he had asked the NAB to investigate the agreement to change the authorized capital of «Espresso».

The editors of «Espreso» said about the political pressure on the TV channel 13.01.2018

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