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Presenter of illegally closed NewsOne TV channel nominated for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Source : 112 Ukraine

Diana Panchenko was nominated for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize
22:48, 16 February 2021

Diana Panchenko
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Diana Panchenko, the presenter of NewsOne TV channel, which along with other opposition TV channels (112 Ukraine and ZIK) was illegally shut down by President Volodymyr Zelensky, has been nominated for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, an award given to journalists from around the world for devotion to the profession in the name of freedom of expression and information.

Diana Panchenko's professional record:
 
2010 - graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (Department of publishing and editing);

2010 - correspondent in Gazeta Po-Ukrainsky newspaper;

2010-2015 - correspondent and news host at Kyiv TV channel;

2015 - until now - news host at NewsOne TV channel.

Since 2019, Diana has been leading the project called "Epicentre of Ukrainian politics", and the anchor of such programs as "Faceoff", "Ukrainian format", "Familiar people" and "Topic".

In 2019, the host received the "Person of the year" award in the nomination of "Reporter of the year".

In 2018, she graduated from Kyiv National University named after Taras Shevchenko (Department of law).

Thanks to her broadcasts and talk shows, the TV channel became one of the leaders of news broadcasting. Diana works in the conditions of harassment by right-wing radicals, attempts by the authorities to restrict freedom of speech and she is against the closure of any media with a wide variety of positions.

She repeatedly received threats, in particular from radicals from the so-called "Sternenko group." They threatened her with physical violence, promising she would "end up like Buzyna" (Oles Buzina was killed in April 2015, - 112).

Diana is an image of a new format of journalism. Courageous and determined, only she managed to make her own revealing interview during President Zelensky's annual meeting with the media. She asked directly in the face of the president the questions that the journalists discussed among each other, exposing his giving not quite honest and correct information. For her, the main thing is to protect freedom of speech and give viewers the opportunity to receive important, objective information openly and honestly.

The UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was established by the UNESCO Executive Board in 1997 in honor of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who died performing his professional duty. It was created to each year honour a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, and especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger.

 

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