Ukrainian Broadcasting Council Fined a TV Channel 85,000 Hryvnia for Showing the Film About Oles Buzina

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


On July 6th, the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine fined the “Gorizont-TV” channel (Kharkov region) the sum of 84,621 hryvnia for showing the movie “Oles Buzina: life out of time”.

This was reported by journalists of the Ukrainian oppositional publication “Golos Pravdy”.

According to members of the National Council, the showing of the movie about the writer who was killed by radicals in April, 2015, is the “non-compliance with an obligation of television and radio organizations to distribute objective information”. In particular, officials was outraged because of the fact that Oles Buzina negatively related to Maidan (the members of the National Council are representatives of Maidan), he refused to call the coup d’etat in Ukraine “the revolution of dignity”, and also spoke in support for the unity of all people in Ukraine, and not just for “carriers of the Ukrainian national idea”.

In turn, the “Gorizont-TV” channel ordered an examination in the “Kiev expert and research center” (which representatives of the Presidential Administration and SBU use in their work – their conclusions are taken into account by the courts) and provided the National Council with an expert opinion. It is said in it that the documentary “Oles Buzina: life out of time” doesn’t contain any violations.

However the chairman of the National Council Yury Artemenko reported that “the document wasn’t provided at the time of conducting verification” and therefore the state agency made the decision to fine the TV channel 84,621 UAH (25% of licensing fee).

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