Common sense seems to tell us that there can be no surprises with media censorship in Ukraine. Nonetheless, Ukrainian authorities are always ready to surprise the audience.
Ukraine’s NewsOne and Russia’s most-watched broadcaster Rossiya 1 were planning to co-host a television show called ‘We need to talk.’ It was scheduled to go on air on July 12 with a goal to give a voice to people from each country without having to touch upon divisive political issues.
The initiative caused a large-scale hysteria among Ukrainian top officials and radicals [including an official statement by President Volodymir Zelensky]. On July 8, NewsOne was forced to cancel the show after a series of threats from the government and so-called civic activists.
On July 9, the most democratic government of Eastern Europe opened an investigation into NewsOne suspecting it of treason.
“hose involved — from the channel’s owner to the host who made the announcement — are summoned for questioning,” chief prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko wrote on Facebook, adding that prosecutors plan to petition the court to seize NewsOne’s assets.
At the same time, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) called on other government bodies to sanction NewsOne for helping “the aggressor country” run what it said was “an anti-Ukrainian propaganda campaign.”
It seems to be a bit dangerous to have a non-mainstream point of view in Ukraine.
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