#Commentary of Vladislav Berdichevsky on situation concerning Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne
On December 3, a group of unidentified men in camouflage and balaclavas locked the building of NewsOne TV channel down. The President of Ukraine Poroshenko and the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Avakov reacted immediately. Both did in Facebook.
The reaction is more than strange. Law enforcement officers do not make any attempt to vacate the building, but the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is limited to calling on Facebook not to make martyr of them. Poroshenko, asserting freedom of speech and unacceptable pressure on the press, said that National Council of TV and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine should carefully regulate the media. So he expresses the need for censorship. It is unclear by what logic Poroshenko is guided, matching contrary allegations in one text.
What was NewsOne’s crime against first the country’s top public officials? According to Ukrainian media reports, the blocking of the TV channel was a response to the statement by the owner of NewsOne in the “Ukrainian format” TV programme, where he had called the “Euromaidan” a coup d’état. To put it simply, the Ukrainian politicum shows that the truth is hard to swallow.
Vladislav Berdichevsky, the DPR People’s Council deputy