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18.03.2013

Noticeable increase in dodgy news on TV during February

   

UTV-1 consistently muffles or distorts socio-political issues embarrassing for those in power

In February the regular monitoring of TV coverage of socio-political issues found an increase in material which suggested it had been commissioned (or censored) as well as of cases where information of public importance was muffled. This is seen as linked with a general increase in the level of political activity during February.

As can be seen, the State-owned UTV-1 {“First National TV Channel”) continues to be the worst offender.  In February the sharpest increase was from the channels Ukraina and STB

The number of news items on socio-political issues with signs of having been commissioned (censorship)

 

Channel

Feb

2013

January

2013

December

2012

November

2012

October

2012

September

2012

UTV1-1

40

30

27

35

43

38

«Ukraina»

28

14

16

16

24

26

ICTV

25

14

17

21

30

30

«1+1»

22

19

21

24

18

15

Channel 5

21

13

13

12

9

20

STB

16

8

8

16

20

24

Inter

12

7

19

15

17

31

Novy Kanal

10

5

9

12

23

17

ТВі

7

4

-

-

-

-

 

Topics presented in tendentious, biased fashion:

The opposition’s blocking of parliament  and negotiations between the majority and opposition;

President Yanukovych’s visits to Vilnius and to Brussels;

The opening of the Kyiv City Council session and protests;

The meetings between Yanukovych and Azarov with Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for  Enlargement in Kyiv.

As has become standard, channels did not cover facts and views which were inconvenient for those in power.

Overall number of important issues; views; facts or background muffled

 

Channel

Feb

2013

January

2013

December

2012

November

2012

October

2012

September

2012

UTV-1

118

89

71

102

77

118

Novy Kanal

114

79

71

97

78

111

«Ukraina»

112

77

70

94

71

115

STB

111

84

70

96

78

113

ICTV

103

78

65

93

70

111

«1+1»

99

74

63

93

72

110

«Inter»

99

72

56

84

70

112

TVi

97

71

-

-

-

-

Channel 5

95

65

55

89

63

93

 

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