Hroisman on 1+1 TV channel: “No threat of license termination, but I will not stand aside in case of problems”

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman says he is aware of 1+1 TV channel’s license possible revocation while his stance on this situation is negative.

The prime minister told journalists, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"I received your (TV channel's - Ed.) address yesterday. My attitude, even to the reports on oppressive practices, is absolutely negative. I think you should wait until National Council voices its formal position and makes everything clear.

"As far as I understood from the briefing, there is no threat of license termination. If there is no threat, we'll take it as a misunderstanding. But if, God forbid, we see some problems, I will not stand aside and provide all available aid. I support freedom of speech in the country. I believe that the freedom of speech is as vital as air, because it allows us to change ourselves, to be open," the official said.

Read more: 1+1 TV channel's license being revoked: employees address Poroshenko, Parubii and Hroisman

As reported, Dec. 28, journalists and leadership of 1+1 TV channel published an open letter to President Petro Poroshenko, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andrii Parubii, and Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman in order to prevent termination of TV channel's broadcasting license. In turn, Head of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine Yurii Artemenko said that 1+1 TV channel would be able to continue broadcasting even without hard copy of a permit since the agency had already made a decision for license renewal. According to him, the document itself will be issued within 30 days.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n421533