Channel 5 Appeals To President For Protection

KIEV, Ukraine -- Following is a June 7 open letter from the staff of Channel 5, considered one of the last television stations to report the news independently and fairly, to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, appealing to the nation’s leader for help against what journalists say are attempts to force the station off the air. On June 8, a district administrative court in Kiev stripped Channel 5 and TVi television channel of their broadcasting frequencies.


Dear Mr. President!

Following the request of the 500-strong staff of Channel 5, we, the representatives of the editorial council, are compelled to address you as the guarantor of the Constitution with an open letter, because of our anxiety that the First Information Channel [Channel 5] will be destroyed.

Due to an unprecedented situation around the court hearing that our channel has been unwillingly dragged into, we require your personal protection. In this situation, we’re asking you to meet with journalists of Channel 5 to hear our position.

Behind your back there are attempts on behalf of the current head of the Security Service of Ukraine, member of the High Justice Council and well-known businessman Valery Khoroshkovsky, who is connected with channels of the Inter TV Group, to destroy Channel 5 through a possible cancellation of the resolution to license a frequency by the National Council on TV and Radio, approved on Jan. 27.

As a result of personal interests pursued by this state official, 500 workers of Channel 5 are threatened with unemployment, and Ukraine will once again confirm its status as the country where freedoms are being curtailed.

In our opinion, you’re the only person who can help Mr. Khoroshkovsky to set a boundary between his personal business interests and those of the state.

We don’t want our actions to be regarded as pressure on the judiciary, and that’s why we cannot see any other way out but to address you with an open letter.

In their professional work, the journalists of Channel 5 have always been guided by objectivity, transparency and impartiality. Perhaps you, the person who declares the standards of European democracies, will be able to explain to certain state officials to adhere to the standards of press freedom and equality of rights.

The editorial council of Channel 5.


Source: Kyiv Post

Comments

wesley rodgers said…
CHANNEL 5 A CLASS CHANNEL--NO WAY SHOULD IT BE SHUT DOWN!!

IF CHANNEL 5 IS SHUT DOWN

PEOPLE ARE SO CLOSE TO REVOLTING!!

THE MEDIA CANNOT TAKE MORE ABUSE !!
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I HAVE NEVER MET PRESIDENT YANUKOVICH AND BELIEVE HE IS TRYING TO BRING HIS COUNTRY TOGETER ECONOMICLLY!!

AND THIS IS A VERY MERITORIOUS END!!...BUT--TERE ARE MANY WAYS TO ACCOMPLSIH THIS MISSION.

BUT DIPLOMATICALLY HE IS BURNING SOME VERY BIG BRIDGES NOT JUST
TO FORM BETTER RELATIONSHIPS
WITH RUSSIA BUT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE SVOEREIGN RIGHTS OR THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE AND LOSING GREAT OPPORTUNITIES WITH OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.
IT IS OBVIOUS NOW WHAT HAS AND IS
HAPPENING TO THE INHERENT IDENTITY OF UKRAINE!

WHEN YANUKOVICH SAID UKRAINE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT SPEAK UKRAINE BUT RUSSIAN--THAT WAS A MAJOR SLAP IN THE FACE OF A GREAT CIVILIZATION!!!

DO YOU THINK HE WOULD RUN FOR OFFICE AND ASK RUSSIAN PEOPLE TO NOT SPEAK RUSSIAN BUT UKRAINE!!
NO WAY!!

IT WOULD EVER HAPAPEN.

BUT WITH CURTAILMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS ON THE MEDIA IN UKRAINE THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA IS PROBABLY GOING TO SHUT DOWN UKRAINE!!---REMEMEBER THE PEN IS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SWORD AND A GREAT SIN IS BEING EXECUTED HERE.
YANUKPOVICH OR OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS WILL SOON FIND THINGS JUST WON'T GO RIGHT AND THEY WON'T, AND THAT INCLUDES RUSSIA.!

FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA OR A SHUTDOWN IN COVERAGE BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND ESPECIALLY ON BEHALF OF THEIR FELLOW BROTHERS IN UKRAINE.!

THIS IS THE KISS OF DEATH FOR THE CURRENT UKRAINER GIVERNMENT!!!

AND IT IS ABSOSLUTELY UNCALLED FOR....UKRAINE WILL GET A LOT OF NEGATIVE MEDIA COVERAGE NOW WHEN IT WAS GETTING POSITIVE AND CONSTRUCTIUVE COVERAGE AND MANY INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS AND REPORTERS WERE PULLING FOR UKRAINE.

BUT REPORTERS ARE REPORTERS--NOT CENSORING POLITICICANS AND THAT IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS THEY EXIST AND DO WHAT THEY DO!PERHAPS IS NEW FOUND POWER BY YANUKOVICH HAS GONE TO HIS HEAD!!
BASICALLY HE IS A GOOD MAN BUT TOO MUCH RUSSIA--NOR ENOUGH UKRAINE--UKRAINE PEOPLE ARE FED UP!! AND IT WON'T LAST LONG!!

CDHANNEL 5 IS A VERY GOOD NEWS ORGANIZATION AND IT EVEN HAS AN ENGLISH SPEAKING NEWSCDAST!!

WHY DOESN'T HE JUST CHANGE THE COLORADO OF THE UKRAINE FLAG WHILE HE IS AT IT AND PUT A CYCLE AND HAMMER ONE IT.

I REGRET TO WRITE THIS ARTICLE BUT UNLESS THE NEWS MEDIA MAINTAINS ITS FREEDOM AND TOTAL FREEDOM ..THERE IS ABAOLSUTELY NO--REASON AND NO EXCIUSE FOR ANY COUNTRY IN UKRAIME OR THE WORLD TO EXIST.!!
IT IS THE ESSENCE AND HEART AND SOUL OF ANY TRUE AND FREE NATIONS.
I NEED SAY NO MORE...!!
WE ARE WATCHING THE DEATH OF A REAL AND VIBRANT DEMOCRACY--A COUNTRY NWITHOUG FREEDOMM OF MEDIA AND PRESS IS A COUNTRY WITHOT A HEART AND SOUL.!!
IF THAT DOES NOT EXIST THEN GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH AS FAMOUS AMERICAN STATESSMAN PATRICK HENRY SAID!
WE NOW AWAIT FOR THE UKRAINE PEOPLE TO REPORD AND THEY WILL--BIG
TIME!1