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1+1 Media fails to answer "Detector Media's" inquiry about the journalists' support for Kolomoysky

02.10.2023, 17:44
Photo by RFE/RL
Photo by RFE/RL

"1+1 Media" refused to answer the question by "Detector Media" on whether the support of the arrested owner of the media group, Ihor Kolomoysky, on the part of several 1+1 journalists should be considered their private opinion or the official stance of "1+1 Media".

On September 27, "Detector Media" emailed the request to the "1+1 Media" head of corporate communications, Yana Lyakhovych.

According to the media outlet, Lyakhovich asked them in a private online conversation on September 29 whether there was a deadline for responding to the request. The media asked for a response by 12:00 on October 2. Yet, the editors received no answer.

In July 2017, several 1+1 employees became minority owners of one of the founding companies of the "1+1" channel. Seven of them appeared in court to defend Ihor Kolomoysky.

As IMI reported, on September 25, 2023, employees of the TV channel "1+1" came to the Kyiv Court of Appeal to attend the hearing in the appeal against the arrest of the 1+1 Media owner, Ihor Kolomoysky, and take the oligarch on bail. Namely, the hearing was attended by TV presenters Natalia Moseychuk, Alla Mazur, Yuriy Horbunov, 1+1 CEO Yaroslav Pokalchuck, head of information Serhiy Popov, journalists Oleksandr Zavhorodniy and Ihor Tsyhanyk and the former Minister of Culture, Oleksandr Tkachenko.

The court upheld the ruling against Kolomoysky despite their vouching.

The journalists' presense at the hearing was met with a backlash in some parts of the society.

On September 26, "Detector Media" emailed the "1+1 Media" five questions which the media group declined to answer. The group was seeking a comment on the backlash against the 1+1 employees who previously asked to release the 1+1 Media owner, Ihor Kolomoysky, on bail.

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