One of the Mariupol TV channels was fined for showing the NTV broadcast, in which an alternative official point of view on the Ukraine and Donbass history was expressed. A breakaway from the generally accepted interpretation of history developed by the institutions of the ‘post-Maidan’ Ukraine, of course, could not go unpunished in a ‘free’ country.
Among the key declared achievements of the Western democracy is freedom of speech. This is stated in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Moreover, this is stated in the 34th article of the Constitution of Ukraine. In reality, however, everything is the opposite. In the country, there is severe censorship, and there can be no other view, except for the official one, of events in Donbass, in the world and in Ukraine itself.
This was again confirmed by the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting, which fined the OOO TRO Mariupolskoye Televideniye 84 thousand hryvnia for the broadcast of the Russian TV channel REN TV. In a programme that was shown in Mariupol, Ukrainian officials saw a one-sided interpretation of Ukrainian history, which is allegedly used by Russia to justify ‘aggression’ against Ukraine.
Among the phrases that caused the fine, there is, for example, the following statement by the speaker: “Until the fall of the autocracy in 1917, there was no such country as Ukraine. This is a colloquial name for the two provinces of the outskirts of the Russian Empire.”
The view expressed in the broadcast that ties with Russia are vitally important for the Ukrainian state was regarded as particularly seditious. Such opinions cannot exist in the country of the victorious Maidan.
The cases of banning the broadcast of Russian TV channels have long ceased to be sensational. Even the liberal Russian television channel Dozhd, known for its critical position towards the Russian authorities, was banned. Well, Ukrainian ‘conciousness’ cannot endure pluralism of opinions.
Such strict censorship in the media is yet another proof that a rigid neo-Nazi oligarchic dictatorship has been established in Ukraine, no matter what democracy they are tweeting about.
Valery Skorokhodov, the DPR People’s Council deputy