May 28, 11:23 AM EDT

License decision on Ukraine TV station postponed

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's government broadcasting licensing authority has postponed a hearing on whether to rescind the license of one of the country's most popular TV channels.

The national television and radio broadcasting council was to meet Thursday but deliberations were canceled after two out of seven board members failed to attend.

Inter television station has faced criticism from members of parliament for its purported pro-Russia stance. Along with the threat of its license being revoked, the station is facing criminal investigations.

Inter says it is victim of a political witch-hunt and says media freedoms are being curbed in Ukraine.

Any perceived sympathy for Russia has become acutely suspect in Ukraine, which is battling separatists in the east who the government says are being directed by Moscow. Russia denies those claims.

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