“112” TV channel cancelled screening of Oliver Stone's documentary on Ukraine
“112 Ukraine” TV Channel cancelled screening of Oliver Stone's documentary film "Revealing Ukraine" due to recommendation of the International editorial board, as Ukrinform reported. "The international editorial board recommended to management of “112 Ukraine" TV channel abstain to broadcast the "Revealing Ukraine". Given these recommendations and inability to fully protect rights of the journalists if the sanctions against the channel are imposed, the 112 Ukraine team decided to cancel the screening of the film, " the “112 Ukraine” ’s statement reads. "Security of the employees of the channel" 112 Ukraine "and the site 112.ua is above all for us. We are grateful to the International editorial board for a quick reaction to the threats from nationalist forces against the TV channel. Besides that, I urge the President, the Interior Minister, the head of the SBU and all those concerned to ensure our right to work and safety for the employees of the holding," Egor Benkendorf, Director general of the “112 Ukraine” said. Also, the TV channel management appealed to the SBU, the General prosecutor’s office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as to the embassies of the G7 countries and international organizations, with a request to take measures to avoid any offence to be committed against the TV channel and its employees. On July 16, the “112 Ukraine” TV channel was scheduling to broadcast the documentary "Revealing Ukraine" produced by Oliver Stone, involving Viktor Medvedchuk, chairman of the political board of the “Opposition Platform - For Life” party and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is his daughter godfather. The film tells the story of Ukraine since 2003, calling the war with Russia a "civil war", and Medvedchuk "opposition leader". Russia in this film is not depicted as an aggressor country, the director supports the Russian version of the events in Ukraine in 2014. The film is based on the story of Medvedchuk and his wife, TV presenter Oksana Marchenko, and supplemented by the arguments of President Putin. The co-director of the film is Ukrainian Igor Lopatyonok. The National council for television and radio broadcasting has promised to monitor the screening of Oliver Stone's film by "112 Ukraine" and to take stern measures.
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