Ukrainian government pursues NOA
The International Committee for journalists. protection directed a letter to the President of Ukraine and published this letter in mass media. In particular, the letter reads:
. The international Committee for journalists. protection is deeply worried by the continuing official persecution of NOA, the independent TV company which covers about 80% of TV viewers in Ukraine.
Since the bank account of NOA was frozen, the company had to terminate the creation of new programs about the Ukrainian Parliament.
The attack of your government on NOA is a part of the intimidation of mass media by the state, and it is directed against the opposition and independent mass media in Ukraine.
The International Committee for journalists. protection protests against the campaign of your government against NOA, which may cause the closure of this TV channel just before the Presidential election. We appeal to you to use your power in order to stop the political misuse of laws and legal acts by state officials against mass media .We appeal to you to guarantee the international acknowledged right of all journalists, including NOA and pressmen of Ukraine, to work without the interference of the state..
The letter was signed by Ann C. Cooper, the executive director of the Committee.