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National watchdog to check KRT TV Channel for having broadcast of socially dangerous information

23.04.2020, 16:19
Photo credit: KRT TV Channel
Photo credit: KRT TV Channel

The National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting has ruled to launch an unscheduled inspection of KRT TV Channel (Telestudio Astra-TV LLC, Kyiv) due to broadcasts of “Prime analityka” and TBU programs. The experts have seen there some signs of war propaganda, incitement and encroachment on human rights and freedoms.  

The relevant decision of the National Council was adopted at the meeting on April 23, as it is reported at the National Council website.

The watchdog found that the broadcast of Prime analityka of Ruslan Kotsaba (guest - political expert Valentin Gaydai) and TBU ("Top bloggers of Ukraine") (guest - Yevgen Filindash, MP of IV and V convocations, political scientist, author) on November 4 and 8, 2019 had, in particular, diffused some utterances with the following characteristics:

  • part one of Article 28 of the Law of Ukraine "On Information" (information cannot be used to call for the overthrow of the constitutional order, violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, propaganda of war, violence, cruelty, incitement of interethnic, racial, religious enmity, acts of terrorism, committing terrorist acts, and human freedom); 
  • paragraph 4 of the second part of Article 6 of the Law of Ukraine "On Television and Radio Broadcasting" (it is not allowed to use broadcasting organizations for: calls for an aggressive war or its propaganda and / or incitement to national, racial or religious hatred and animosity); 
  • points "a" and "c" of part one of Article 59 of the Law of Ukraine "On Television and Radio Broadcasting" (the broadcaster is obliged to comply with the legislation of Ukraine and license requirements, to disseminate objective information).

The review will be carried out after the quarantine is over, and based on its results, the National Council will issue its decision.

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