Israel appeals to Ukraine MFA due to anti-Semitism in broadcasts from annexed Crimea

The Embassy of Israel in Ukraine has handed over to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine a note regarding the content of the Planeta TV and radio company, promoting xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

The National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine said that they have long been trying to deprive the company of a broadcasting license.

The note states that the embassy ”will be grateful” if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs the law enforcement agencies about the broadcaster, the National Council said.

The regulator has given an explanation to the Foreign Ministry and expressed confidence that Israel`s note would be a serious argument for the speedy detection of offenses committed by the company, which has a registered office in Kyiv, but is broadcasting from the territory of the annexed Crimea.

”On August 31, 2016, a routine inspection recorded a number of violations, in particular in broadcasting, as propaganda of exclusivity was found, as well as of superiority or inferiority of persons on grounds of their religious beliefs, ideology, membership of a nation or race, physical or property status, social origin. The regulator applied an ”ad warning” sanction to ”Television Network” UNIQA-TV” LLC (satellite broadcasting, logo Planeta). Dissemination of hate speech by the TV channel, especially during the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy, is particularly outrageous and cynical,” the National Council said.

”Another warning was issued the broadcaster on July 14, 2016. And earlier, on June 25, 2015, for violation of license conditions and program concept of broadcasting, as well as the failure of the National Council orders to eliminate violations of Part 8 of Article 28 of the Law of Ukraine ”On Television and Radio broadcasting,” the National Council decided to appeal to the court to revoke the license of the broadcaster. The trial on the suit of the National Council is still ongoing, while the broadcaster continues to violate the license conditions and requirements of the current legislation,” the National Council stressed.

”In September, the National Council appealed to the SBU Security Service and Interior Ministry with a request to take appropriate measures of influence to the broadcaster, which distributes xenophobic and chauvinistic statements on air,” the regulator said.

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