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Inspection scheduled to check “Nash” TV channel for Russian propaganda voiced by ex-PM

12.02.2021, 16:54
Photo credit: YouTube Nash
Photo credit: YouTube Nash

On February 12, the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting ordered an unscheduled on-site inspection of the “Nash” TV channel (NASH 365 LLC, Kyiv) over Russian propaganda voiced by former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.

This decision was made based on the results of the monitoring of the TV channel's broadcasting, as it is said on the regulator's website.

Azarov took part in the live broadcast of the program "Marathon" on December 15, 2020 (rerun on December 16). According to the National Council, his views could foment hatred and violence in Ukraine.

"Mykola Azarov, who had a dialogue with program hosts Artem Nikiforov and Olga Veremiy, denied the Russian Armed Forces involvement in the armed conflict in the Donbass, ignored the activity of illegal armed groups that commited illegal acts with weapons in some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. He held the Armed Forces of Ukraine responsible for the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine against, which has the attributes of incitement to hostility and intensification of the already existing military confrontation, which may lead to a further spike in violence and aggression in the ORDLO and throughout Ukraine, ”the National Council notes.

Azarov's speech also contained some false statements that prejudged the decision of the International Criminal Court, saying that the court had clearly said that “there is a civil conflict in Ukraine. And in a civil conflict, it is forbidden to use armed forces. "

At the same time, according to the National Council, the TV channel's presenters did not react to these and similar statements during the live broadcast, thus ignoring the right of viewers to full and objective information.

As the interlocutor invited to participate in the program is a regular guest in the programs of Nash TV channel, his position on the armed conflict in Ukraine has been repeatedly voiced publicly, and so it should be known to the management of the TV company. This may indicate the conscious intention of the licensee to form an appropriate axe of editorial policy through incitement to national hatred and the spread of misinformation. Such actions of the broadcaster can destabilize the society, aggravate the military confrontation, ” the statement reads.

The National Council will conduct an inspection in the period from February 26 to March 12 to verify its compliance with the following legal requirements: the fourth paragraph of the second part of Article 6; items a), c) and h) of part one of Article 59 of the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting”; part one of Article 28 of the Law of Ukraine “On Information”.

The National Council also obliged the TV channel to provide the documents and files necessary for the inspection by March 2 (the decision specifies which ones), sending them to the regulator's address.

As IMI reported, on January 28, the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting ordered an unscheduled on-site inspection of the “Nash” TV channel (NASH 365 LLC, Kyiv) over position voiced by former MP from the “Party of Regions” Olena Bondarenko, who called the Armed Forces of Ukraine "criminals".

On December 23, 2020, the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting issued a warning to “Nash” TV channel (Nash 365 LLC, Kyiv) through a broadcast of a press conference by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On December 4, 2020, “Nash” TV channel gave floor  to one of the leaders of the so-called "LPR" Rodion Miroshnyk. The National Council ordered an inspection. 

On September 3, 2020, the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting ordered an unscheduled inspection of Nash TV channel due to a video shown before Independence Day, which showed signs of discrimination and incitement to hatred and caused public outrage.

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