The Ukrainian regulator National Council has asked Viasat to limit access to Russian TV channels that violate Ukrainian legislation.
In a statement, it says that monitoring of Viasat, which is owned by Vision TV, was initiated by Sergey Kostinsky, a member of the council, based on a post on Facebook regarding Russian channels whose distribution is forbidden in Ukraine. It was conducted from March 28 to April 3 on equipment supplied by Viasat.
National Council adds that it turned out there were no Russian TV channels in Viasat’s programme package. Therefore, it did not violate any laws. However, it made open access to Russian channel, specifically TNT, CTC, RTR Planeta, Rossiya 24, NTV Mir, 8 TV and First Channel, through its equipment.
These channels, which are distributed by Hot Bird 13S, include “war propaganda, denial of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, incitement to enmity and fake news”.
The National Council has therefore asked Vision TV, along with other content providers, to restrict access to these prohibited channels.