Department of state claimed that 1+1 repeated Russian fake news about "US labs"
The US Department State found that the 1+1 broadcatser repeated the Russian propaganda fake news, as the TV channel broadcasted the story about the "US biolabs" working in Ukraine. A senior US State Department official George Kent who is responsible for relations with Ukraine told it on May 6 at an online discussion "Strengthening US relations with Eastern Europe during a pandemic, as Europeyska Pravda reported.
According to him, this story was kicked off in Ukraine by Viktor Medvedchuk, whom Kent called "Putin's favorite Ukrainian."
"Ukrainian TV channel 1 + 1, owned by oligarch Kolomoisky, repeated Russian misinformation about laboratories," Kent commented on a Ukrainian TV channel.
As he said, when a private TV channel repeats some lie, it is evidence of a lack of journalistic integrity.
Kent said that this was not the question that US would raise at the government level, since this was a private media outlet. And he mentioned the importance of an active, independent investigative media in every country.
On April 27, the 1 + 1 TV channel in the program "Secretni materialy" revealed that some US biological laboratories would work in Ukraine which allegedly could be involved in development of the bacteriological weapon and outbreaks of suspicious diseases.
On April 15, Viktor Medvedchuk addressed to the head of state, the heads of the Ministry of Health, the Security Service, and the Prime Minister with a message published on the website of the Opposition Platform For Life party, saying that "there were 15 military biolabs working in Ukraine."