Orchestrated presidential interview for selected journalists



The filming of the TV interview of President Yanukovych on Friday at his residence Mezhyhirya was organized by the President’s Press Service. There were no cameras from other television channels.  This information was reported by Interfax Ukraine, citing one of those who took part in the event, the presenter of the programme “Big Politics with Yevgeny Kiselyov” on TV Inter (the channel owned by head of the Security Service Valery Khoroshkovsky).

Kiselyov said that the whole thing had been managed by Darya Chepak, the President’s Press Secretary and that he had not seen any Inter cameras or filming personnel.

The meeting took place on 24 June with only certain journalists being invited. Kiselyov from Inter; Savik Shuster who runs a similar political talk show on the State-owned UTV1; Andriy Kulikov who has such a programme on ICTV and Oleksandr Tkachenko from 1 + 1/ 

The others invited were the Chief Editor of the newspaper Segodnya (owned by billionaire and Party of the Regions Deputy, Renat Akmetov and one Internet site (Obozrevatel).

The interview will be broadcast on Inter, 1+1, UTV-1 and ICTV on 28 June.

See information about journalists’ thwarted attempts to remind the President of his promise given a year ago to show journalists around what is reported to be a sumptuous estate at Mezhyhirya here and at the links below.

Worth noting that the four channels which are to broadcast the interview are those regularly at the top (or bottom) of the monitoring reports when it comes to muffled news items and other infringements of the standards of journalism. 

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