Ukrainian TV Channel Fined for Interviewing Former PM, Who Live on Air Told the Truth about Maidan and the War in Donbass

The National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine decided to fine the TV channel “NASH” 105,625 thousand hryvnia (25% the amount of its license fee, about $4,500) due to the statements made by the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Nikolay Azarov during the “Gordon” broadcast. Such a decision was made by the regulator at today’s meeting, reports “Interfax Ukraine“.

“According to the results of the inspection, we have recorded the dissemination of statements that have signs of a violation by the licensee of the requirements of Part 1 of Article 28 of the Law of Ukraine ‘On Information’, as well as paragraphs 3, 4, and 9 of Part 2 of Article 6 and points ‘a’, ‘b’, of Part 1 of Article 59 of the Law of Ukraine ‘On Television and Radio Broadcasting’,” said the member of the National Council Sergey Kostinsky during the meeting.

He claims that the former Prime Minister’s statements in the interview are a distortion of information, a deliberate substitution of concepts, as well as the dissemination of biased information.

“We recorded Azarov’s statement, where he presented his opinion on the situation that took place on Maidan in 2014: ‘Back then I was convinced that this spontaneous protest at the beginning started to degenerate into a conspiracy against the government. And then it resulted in a coup d’état with a change of system of governance’. He goes on to say, ‘In memory of those victims, thousands of people who died as a result of the conflict that was launched and provoked by Maidan in the southeast’. I.e., he says that this is not military aggression on the part of the Russian Federation, but a conflict…” explained Kostinsky.

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The National Council obliges LLC “Nasha Praga” (Kiev, satellite broadcasting, logo “NASH”) to bring its activities into compliance with the requirements of the legislation during the month.

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