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30.08.2010

First National TV has most violations in the news, Inter – the most subjects avoided

   

From 26 July to 21 August 2010 there was an increase in violations of journalist standards in the news on nationwide television channels. This is demonstrated by the results of the monitoring carried out by Telekritika as part of an Internews Network project.

523 items were identified with violations which could indicate that they were commissioned, as against 385 during the previous reporting period. 

Table 1:  The number of items with violations of professional standards suggesting commissioned nature

First National, or UTV-1 is the only State-owned television channel in Ukraine. Inter is part of the Inter Media Group, owned by Valery Khoroshkovsky, Head of the Security Service

 

26-31.07

2 - 7.08

9 - 14.08

16-21.08

total

First National [UTV-1]

23

26

32

22

103

«1+1»

22

24

33

17

96

ICTV

25

25

24

18

92

Inter

22

24

24

21

91

Channel 5

13

22

18

12

65

Novy Kanal

6

10

10

5

31

«Ukraina»

6

15

8

2

31

STB

4

3

4

3

14

total

121

149

153

100

523

The First National TV Channel [UTV-1] takes a dubious lead with 103 items with violations suggesting that the material was written to order. Last month it was in third place.  It is disappointing that “1 + 1” is back there with top offenders since it had produced less such material in recent months. (It was journalists from this channel who first revolted in May this year, publicly stating that they were being subjected to pressure and censorship]/

Also of concern is the increase in number of violations by Channel 5.  This is one of the few channels not demonstrating a pro-government position.  It has been in 5th place for some time, however there is a steep increase in the actual number.

The number of cases where important information has not been reported has increased against last month. 1,759 such cases were identified with the “leaders” here being, as before, Inter (242) and UTV-1 (232). Rather unexpectedly, Novy Kanal was in third place (230).

 

The number of cases where information about events, opinions, etc of public importance were avoided in television news broadcasts 

 

26-31.07

2 - 7.08

9 - 14.08

16-21.08

total

Inter

45

69

70

58

242

UTV-1

46

68

70

48

232

Novy Kanal

40

66

65

59

230

ICTV

39

69

61

58

227

«Ukraina»

39

63

64

56

222

«1+1»

35

62

64

51

212

Channel 5

29

64

57

48

198

STB

36

60

55

45

196

total

309

521

506

423

1759

Telekritika’s experts note that while there is a dramatic difference between the best and worst figures regarding likely commissioned news items, the problem of subjects (or aspects of them) being avoided is common for all television channels.

The monitoring is carried out every week by Telekritika and the Institute for Mass Information as part of a project aimed at improving the level of media awareness among the public and encouraging the media to be responsible and observe journalist standards.

From information at http://www.telekritika.ua/news/2010-08-29/55352

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