Sweden's SVT channel to broadcast controversial film about EuroMaidan Revolution

Source : 112 Ukraine

The film was harshly criticized by some Ukrainian officials and activists for being factually incorrect and misleading.
18:01, 19 May 2016

Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT will air the controversial documentary called the ‘Masks of Revolution’, despite previously being postponed due to fears it misrepresented the role of radical groups during Ukraine’s 2014 EuroMaidan Revolution. 

That's according to Sweden's national radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio. According to the report, the showing is scheduled for May 23.

SVT delayed the broadcast of the film from April 30 due to "doubts about the influence of right-wing extremist groups on the events.", Evropeyska Pravda reports.

Critics argue the ‘investigation’ led by French director Paul Moreira gives a slanted view of the role of right-wing forces prior to former president Viktor Yanukovych fleeing office, while largely ignoring the tens of thousands of ordinary people who peacefully protested. 

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Poland's TVN24 and France’s Canal + also previously aired the documentary, the latter prompting an official protest from the Ukrainian Embassy in France. A Facebook post published prior to said the film was “not only dishonest, but completely disrespectful to our compatriots murdered in the heart of Kyiv while defending the democratic aspirations of their country”.

Ukrainian fact checking website Stop Fake argued the methods, theories and loaded language of the film ‘mirror the ideology traditionally put forth by pro-Russian channels.' This included talk about "extremist nationalistic battalions in Ukraine, which have become a threat to the government" and also about the "massacre in Odessa."

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