Attempts to close the political talk shows on TV Chornomorska?
The BYuT [Tymoshenko’s bloc] Press Service alleges that the Security Service [SBU] and the Crimean Prosecutor are using any context to try to prevent the broadcasting of the daily talk show “Political evening with Volodymyr Andronaki on the Crimean TV channel Chornomorska.
According to the Press Service, the official pretext for the checks and interrogations of staff of TV Chornomorka by the SBU and Prosecutor’s Office was the life broadcast with Deputy of the Crimean Parliament, Valery Kucherenko (the Communist faction) who twice called for the destruction of the State of Ukraine. The organizers of the talk show confirm that Kucherenko did take part in the broadcast and say that after the programme the TV channel received a letter from the SBU at the request of a Deputy from the Party of the Regions in the Crimean Parliament demanding a copy of the transcript.
At the end of last week the presenter and author of the project, Volodymyr Andronaki was questioned about the broadcast and then on 6 September, the Technical Director. The Prosecutor has also summoned the President of TV Chornomorska, Tetyana Krasikova.
The organizers of the project are convinced that with these methods the enforcement bodies are once again trying to find a way to suspend or stop the programme “Political evening with Volodymyr Andronaki. They believe that all of this is just part of a massive campaign by the authorities to destroy independent TV channels like TV Chornomorska, Channel 5 and TVi.
See http://www.khpg.org.ua/en/index.php?id=1283208193 and the links below for more information about all kinds of checks carried out by the tax police and SBU over recent weeks and concerns expressed by media rights groups over pressure on the only opposition channel in the Crimea.
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