TVi disappears in yet another city
Mykola Knyazhytsky, Director General of the independent TV channel TVi has reported that in the city of Kostyantynivka in the Donetsk oblast TVi has disappeared from the cable network.
As of 20 July almost 80 operators had removed TVi from their networks.
On 8 September large demonstrations were held in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhya and other cities in support for TVi. Statements have been issued by the First December Initiative, the PEN Club in Ukraine, and a formidable number of individuals, including the heads of many NGOs and journalists in an appeal launched by Telekritika (English here). This states:
There is a limit to compromise which thinking members of society cannot afford to cross. That dividing line is marked by freedom of speech and press freedom.
Over the last two years we have seen a reduction in these freedoms in Ukraine. Television has become monopolized with a disproportionate amount of coverage given to the point of view of those in power and the critical voices of the opposition and independent public minimized.
However what is taking place with the TVi channel during the parliamentary election campaign is quite unprecedented.
The last television channel, TVi, where viewers can still see a critical point of view about events in the country, as well as news which independent experts consider the most balanced, is in danger of disappearing..
The fate of TVi is by no means only about its private existence as conceived by its owner, editors and journalists. One can disagree with these points of view. The systematic destruction of the critically inclined channel TVi is a much greater issue of principle and democratic European values.