The Ukrainian government, represented by President Volodymyr Zelensky, has launched another large-scale campaign to discredit independent media. For example, the online agency Ukrainian Truth published an article with the manipulative headline "New channel of Opposition Platform - For Life praise Medvedchuk and critisize vaccines: National TV Council appointed inspection" with facts that do not correspond to reality. The main purpose of this article is to discredit the independent channel UkrLive.
The staff of the UkrLive channel officially states that such a title, as well as the content of the material, is not true.
Here is a complete transcript of the fragment the Ukrainian Truth referred to.
We urge the media not to succumb to the provocations of the National TV Council, which is fully controlled by the Office of the President, whose main task is to "shut the mouth" of the independent media, and not to spread information that is a deliberately false manipulation.
We appeal to the staff of the Ukrainian Truth, and to all the media that spread this fake, to update the existing news adding real facts, and not distorted fantasies of officials.
We also want to draw your attention to the fact that the Ukrainian Format TV show broadcasts live, and we cannot be responsible for the words and statements of our guests. Moreover, the voiced personal opinion of one of the guests of the studio was immediately balanced by the presenters and other participants in the discussion, including specialized experts, who refuted statements of Oleksandr Okhrymenko.
The staff of the UkrLive channel also calls on all media workers to unite and defend the right to objective and unbiased coverage of events taking place both in the country and in the world. The total censorship introduced by the Office of the President may lead to the fact that in the end only those media that arrange "warm baths" for officials deceiving their own people will remain. We urge you not to follow the lead of President's Office, because the repressions of the authorities that have affected us can affect every journalist in our country. This means that tens of thousands of professionals will be thrown into the streets, except for those who are ready to become a repeater of the authoritarian policy of the current government.