A feature with Yulia Timoshenko was banned in Kharkov


A plot with the participation of Yulia Timoshenko, one of the opposition leaders, that was recorded for the Kharkov TV feature „Objective review“ was not transmitted. As the feature author Zurab Alasania, the head of the information service of the TV channel „Simon“, told, the feature, as far as he knows, was banned under the pressure of the oblast administration and Kharkov governor Evgeniy Kushnarev. „The program was taken from the schedule, and I was just informed about this without further explanations“, the TV commentator said. According to him, the prohibition was accompanied with the threat that the entire TV channel will be closed. Z. Alasania remarked that the interview with Timoshenko was recorded during the recent Timoshenko pre-election visit to Kharkov. It was planned to show the feature on 2 March. Yet, due to the expected on 3 March President’s visit to Kharkov, the feature was postponed on the insistent request of the oblast administration. However, a week later, on 9 March the interview was not transmitted, ForUm informs. Z. Alasania pointed out that „the feature did not contain anything extraordinary“. „I reckon that it did not matter what Yu. Timoshenko told, the sufficient reason was that she is an un-person“, he declared. The TV journalist also stated that in the nearest future he intends to place on Internet sites the texts of the interviews recorded for the mentioned feature, including that with Yulia Timoshenko.

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