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UA:First TV channel pressured by President's Office, - journalist

Source : 112 Ukraine

Recently, the President's Office has been setting conditions for the TV channel's editorial office and made ultimatums about the presence of "servants of the people" on air
12:03, 20 October 2021

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UA:First TV channel has come under pressure from the Office of the President of Ukraine, which is manifested in the control over the presence of guests on air. The host of the Countdown talk show on UA:First TV channel Myroslava Barchuk reported this on Facebook.

"First, the President's Office has long and tightly controlled the presence of MPs from the Servant of the People faction. Candidates for broadcasts are coordinated with the contact person of Mykhailo Podoliak (Advisor to the Chairman of the Office of the President of Ukraine - ed.) in the Office of the President. This is not news, "Barchuk said.

Recently, the President's Office has been setting conditions for the TV channel's editorial office and made ultimatums about the presence of "servants of the people" on air. For example, last Monday they demanded that either two "servants" (both non-experts) or none take part in a discussion of energy security on the Countdown. The channel decided not to accept ultimatums and invited Liudmyla Buimister, who no longer obeyed the instructions of the OP.

Last Monday, the President's Office put forward a new ultimatum: two "servants" will appear on the broadcast only if the editorial office refuses the previously invited Geo Leros.

"Of course, we took it as pressure. We refused to comply with the ultimatum, the representatives of the majority did not come. This morning, Yermak's people accused us that we did not have representatives of the mono-majority during the broadcast and that it was "non-compliance with journalistic standards." But I'm not talking about pettiness. I'm talking about the first bells. In particular, about the threat to freedom of speech and independent journalism in general, "the journalist summed up.

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