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Zelensky's office: Statement on pressure against UA:First journalists unfounded

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Office noted that it was important for journalists to represent the authorities substantively and professionaly
15:26, 20 October 2021

Mykhailo Podoliak
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Adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podoliak called "emotional" the comment of Myroslava Barchuk, the host of the Countdown talk show on UA:First TV channel, and her accusations "incorrect and unfounded", BBC News Ukraine informs.

"Independent editorial policy of any media is a key feature of a healthy society and a modern state. That is, direct interference in the work of editorial offices is absolute nonsense," he said.

According to the adviser, the society expects unbiased moderation on the air from the media, when "all parties to the dialogue have equal opportunities." Thus hinting that UA:First does not always provide such opportunities.

"But if one or another representative of the government sees in the broadcasts of a project a consistent and stubborn imbalance of positions, constant and obvious involvement of presenters and editors, then we can understand the very low desire of people to go on the air of this project," Podoliak said.

Podoliak added that it is important for the OP that the authorities be represented substantively and professionaly on the air.

"That is, not the air for the sake of the air, but the air for the sake of explaining certain government initiatives. It is the content of the position that the deputies of the faction or other representatives of a broad team of authorities can receive advice within the framework of a completely rational approach to the agreed single information position," Podoliak said.

As it was reported earlier, the host of the Countdown talk show on UA: First TV channel Myroslava Barchuk stated that 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.

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