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08.04.2004

Film-laureate “Oblychchia protestu” cannot seep to the TV screens

   

TV journalist Andrey Shevchenko became the first laureate of the recently founded literary-artistic premium named after Volodymir Kosovskiy. He got the premium for the film “Oblychchia protestu” (“The face of protest”) devoted to the political events in Ukraine in 2001-2002.

The premiere of the film “Oblychchia protestu” was held in the Kyiv House of cinema in March, but none of the all-Ukrainian TV companies did not dare to show it in spite of the requests of hundreds of journalists, cultural workers, heads of public organizations and MPs.

The participants of the public demonstration of this film, which took place after the presentation of the premium, approved the appeal to the State committee of TV and radio broadcasting, to the founders, owners and heads of TV companies, which broadcasted at all-Ukrainian TV channels, with the request to show the film “Oblychchia protestu” to the millions of viewers.

In what follows we present the complete text of “The appeal to the State committee of TV and radio broadcasting, to the founders, owners and heads of TV companies, which broadcast at all-Ukrainian TV channels: NTCU, “Inter”, “Studio “1+1””, “Novy kanal”, STB and ICTV”:

The participants of the public demonstration of the film “Oblychchia protestu” created by our fellow-countrymen Andrey Shevchenko are surprised by the fact that, in spite of the requests of hundreds of journalists, cultural workers, heads of public organizations and MPs to the persons, on whom the TV programs depend, the film has not been shown at any all-Ukrainian TV channel until now, although 5 months has passed after the premiere.

“Oblychchia protestu” is the first honest film about modern Ukraine: it does not contain any political assessments, does not endorse any political forces, does not thrust any opinions, but objectively describes the acute social and political processes in our country, elucidates actions and views of all conflicting sides. Maybe, this is the very reason why the film is not admitted to the TV screens? Maybe our officials are afraid of truth? This is a shameful and cowardly position, especially if to take into account the recent (before the previous election) repeated demonstration at several TV channels of the power-loyal and insincere film “PR”, which had to obtrude the false ideas about the events in Ukraine.

We are turning to you with the request to show the film “Oblychchia protestu” to the millions of your viewers, who get tired of lies and hypocrisy, thus expressing your protest against the political censorship in Ukrainian mass media and confirming your wish for the development of the freedom of speech in Ukraine.

Approved by the participants of the public demonstration of the film “Oblychchia protestu”, Fastov, the Kyiv oblast, 25 July 2003
Telekritika, 28 July 2003, www.telekritika.kiev.ua

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