Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has responded to the situation regarding an attempt by the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) to get access to bank accounts of 1+1 media employees, saying that interference in journalists' work is unacceptable.
"Having returned from Austria, I discussed the situation around journalists of Channel 1+1 with the President. The President's position is clear: any action that can be perceived by journalists as interference in their professional activity is unacceptable," Poroshenko's press secretary Vyacheslav Tsegolko wrote on Facebook on Friday, February 9.
As UNIAN reported earlier, an enquiry letter addressed by the National Bank of Ukraine to the acting Chairman of PrivatBank's Board, for disclosure of information on a transaction history of bank accounts of top managers, journalists and TV hosts of 1+1 media, as well as employees of an independent production studio, which produces part of the content for the media group, became available to 1+1 media.
The media holding considers that request as an attempt to exert direct pressure and execute political persecution pending the elections.