The OSCE representative on freedom of the media Harlem Desir expressed concern with blocking of the Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne. This is stated in the statement of the organization.
«Preventing access to the office of the TV channel is a direct interference in his work and the physical intimidation of the staff of the mass media. This is unacceptable and an attack on media freedom that cannot be justified,» said Desir.
He urged the Ukrainian authorities to do everything possible to «ensure respect for freedom of the press», safe working space for employees NewsOne and smooth operation of the channel.
3 December in Kiev was held a March «for the people’s impeachment» organized by the party «movement novih forces,» the ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili. On this day, activists in balaclavas and camouflage uniforms began blocking the building of the business center on the street Field in Kiev, which is the Studio of the TV channel NewsOne. The participants used the barbed wire and sand. Editorial NewsOne connects the blocking of the channel with the stream «March for impeachment».
29 November in the program «Ukrainian format» on the TV channel NewsOne, the owner of the channel, the extra fractional people’s Deputy Eugene Moore said he believes Euromaidan «is not a revolution but a coup d’etat». After a brief skirmish the Studio in protest against these words left five deputies.
Block NewsOne activists demand an apology from the owner of the channel Murewa «to the heroes of Heavenly hundred.»
Saakashvili advised the activists to complain about Murewa to the security Service of Ukraine.
On 4 December the head of the MIA of Ukraine Arsen Avakov called activists to stop blocking the channel and added that the police will give the events an appropriate assessment. In this day the speaker of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine Artem Shevchenko said that the police have not yet identified the facts of the offenses at the scene of the protest in front of the channel.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has condemned the actions of blocking the NewsOne TV channel in Kiev.
The OSCE is concerned about the blocking of the channel NewsOne 05.12.2017