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Saturday, November 27, 2004

Ukraine state TV in revolt

If only the CBC would say it had had enough of "telling the government's lies." But then all they are afraid of losing is their budget and their jobs should they hold eternal Liberal government to account. Maybe people get braver when they have something more important to defend.

Journalists on Ukraine's state-owned channel - which had previously given unswerving support to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych - have joined the opposition, saying they have had enough of "telling the government's lies".

Journalists on another strongly pro-government TV station have also promised an end to the bias in their reporting. The turnaround in news coverage, after years of toeing the government line, is a big setback for Mr Yanukovych.

Journalists in Ukraine seem to have responded to the call by opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko for them to reject government censorship.

(Feeling snarky at Ghost of a flea.)

Posted by Ghost of a flea on November 27, 2004 | Permalink


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Up until the popular rebellion of the past week, the life of the average journalist in Ukraine (public or private) was pretty "laid-back". All you had to do was publish "temnyky"; aka. pre-fab "stories" memo-ed directly to you inbox from the Office of the President, supplemented with a srong "wink-wink, nudge-nudge" that you publish it word for word "or else... ".

One wonders when or if, under a Conservative government, that such things won't be found in the PMO as an explaination of "excessive" CBC pro-"Liberal"-ism.

Posted by: John Herring | 2004-11-29 5:19:35 AM

I have no doubt that a decade of Conservative government could produce bias at Canada's publicly funded broadcaster. My concern is at the idea some people take the CBC as an unbiased news source when producers there are manifestly more worried about losing their jobs than reporting the news. Shut the whole thing down or let it compete commercially.

But then that would mean opening up Canada's private broadcasters to real competition and that would never do.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea | 2004-11-29 2:56:29 PM

I'm sorry, "Ghost of a flea", I should revise and clarify what I meant in my closing sentence:

"One wonders when or if, under a Conservative government, that such things [as pre-fab stories or 'Kanadski temnyky'] won't be found ['discovered', 'uncovered'] in the [departing Martin] PMO as an explanation of 'excessive' CBC pro-'Liberal'-ism [pro-'Natural-Governing Party'-bias].

Posted by: John Herring | 2004-11-29 8:56:02 PM

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