Discussion about ‘Svoboda’ members beating up National TV Director drowning out real atrocities

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While discussion is raised around the recent resignation that ‘Svoboda’ members forced out of acting director of the Ukrainian National Television Company, Oleksandr Panteleymonov, on March 18, concerns were being raised that real atrocities will be overlooked in all the hubbub. Nadiya Palyvoda wrote in Facebook:

“Tell me quickly: what is the name of that man, ‘Svoboda’s’ press-secretary, that was killed a few days ago in Donetsk? Nobody remembers? Where are the mournful reposts, the poems? What about the last names of those two soldiers that were shot dead in Simferopol?” Continue reading

A Hromadske TV journalist explains why ‘Svoboda’ beat up Panteleymonov at NTCU

saychuk.jpgAndriy Savchuk, a journalist at Hromadske TV, an independent crowdfunded media source, explained why ‘Svoboda’ members forced a resignation out of acting director of the Ukrainian National Television Company Panteleymonov on March 18, on FB:

“In short, Panteleymonov got beat up because of me. It turned out to be an anecdotal story after we looked into it. So, the whole truth about yesterday’s incident at NTCU, that Miroshnichenko and Co. were watching First National Channel, which in turn was broadcasting Hromadske TV; the releasing editor of which yesterday was yours truly. At the end of production we had a slight mishap: our guest (Oleh Rybachuk) got stuck in a traffic jam and was late. To make up time I asked to turn on the concert broadcast from Red Square in ‘dear old Moscow’ — and we broadcasted this hogwash for 5 minutes — then the ironic comment of Anya Babynets came in and we continued with our telecast. But Svoboda seems to have turned on the TV in just these 5 minutes, just in time to see Valeriya [Russian pop singer] wailing some sort of ‘imperialistic ode’ next to Lenin’s mausoleum and the logo of First National Channel at the top of the screen. Naturally, they freaked out – and the people’s avengers flew at NTCU to deal with Panteleymonov. So that’s the story. Not that it justifies those ‘Svoboda’ members, but at least it shows some logic in this macabre adventure”. Continue reading

“Telekrytyka” Editor-in-chief: Svoboda isn’t the only one who should be apologising; Panteleymonov has also caused a considerable damage to [our Ukrainian] society

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Panteleymonov’s actions have severely injured the minds of Ukrainian citizens. And the Crimeans have made their decision under the influence of this distorted information, including such channels as ‘Inter’ and the First National channel at the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTCU).

Natalia Ligachova, founder and editor-in-chief of ‘Telekrytyka’, a media monitoring and freedom of press outlet, wrote this in her blog. She believes that ‘Svoboda’ should not be the only ones apologising. Continue reading