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Opposition benefiting from topic of censorship at mass media, says Hanna Herman

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May 13, 2010, 2:12 p.m. | Politics — by Ukrainian News

Head Hanna Herman believes the reaction of the foreign journalists organizations to the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine has been provoked by the opposition.

Presidential Administration Deputy Head Hanna Herman says the opposition benefits from the row on the topic of censorship at Ukrainian mass media. Herman gave her opinion in an interview with the Kommersant-Ukraine newspaper.

"I think the topic of censorship at mass media benefits the opposition at present. Representatives of the opposition need to say that the government exerts pressure on the press. This is a wonderful occasion to appeal to international organizations, rallies, pickets and other things," said the deputy head of the Presidential Administration.

Herman dismissed as unfounded any accusations against the Presidential Administration of attempts to introduce censorship and restrict the freedom of speech in Ukraine.

"The government has nothing to do with any censorship at mass media. There is no censorship. We do not dictate to anybody on how and what should be broadcasted," she said.

Presidential Administration Deputy Head Herman believes the reaction of the foreign journalists organizations to the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine has been provoked by the opposition.

"I do not think these organizations yield to the pressure from the opposition, they merely receive 'correctly' written materials giving causes for such talks. I presume the whole story is a technological product of the opposition. The opposition cannot find faults and they seek for anything, they are looking for a black cat in the dark room, but there is no cat at all," said Herman.

According to Herman, President Viktor Yanukovych is open for the press and is ready to give answers to any questions at the press conference being prepared for the first 100 days of his term.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the European Federation of Journalists has expressed its concerns with recent complaints by journalists about censorship and restrictions of the freedom of speech at some Ukrainian mass media.

The Reporters Without Borders international organization is concerned with the aggravation of the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine.

Before, journalists from the TSN programme on 1+1 TV channel and than from the Vikna programme on STB complained censorship applied to pieces they produce.
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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 5:04 p.m.    

Yanukovich's minister of propaganda, If she denies it enough, maybe, just maybe people will start to believe it. LOL

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 5:13 p.m.    

Good woman. A real treat after Tymo hysteria.

Freedom loving people should have whined to those organizations when Tymo was prime minister. The regular beatings of the ATV journalists is a good example of Orange Freedoom the Press.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 5:33 p.m.    

Someone close the door, quick! Yanuconvict's women are getting out of the kitchen.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 6:30 p.m.    

Very true. All these cries about censorship is nothing but PR of the opposition. One can see that with a naked eye.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 9:08 p.m.    

You are obviously blind or see only what you want to see.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 6:49 p.m.    

Interesting fact from the career of this person:

5 years after graduation she becomes in 1986 a member of the MANAGING BOARD of &quot;Union of Journalists OF USSR&quot; that was created by the communist party in the 50s.

Theoretically it might be possible that such rapid career growth took place without any &quot;collaboration&quot; with the KGB, but in practice there might be other explanations.

Such KGB connection could explain why she suddenly started supporting the pro-Russian forces a few years ago.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 7:54 p.m.    

Good point! KGB will piss on your leg and tell you that it is raining.

Hanna Herman said:

We do not dictate to anybody on how and what should be broadcasted,&quot; she said.

BUT:

Back to the USSR? The government is commanding the media what to televise?

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/65918/

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Gene Nelson May 13, 2010, 7:58 p.m.    

One thing I will say to you Ms Hanna Herman...you know how to use propaganda.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 9:48 p.m.    

Herman is Ukraine's little Goebbels. She will hate Tymoshenko even after her own death, for looks and style.

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Anonymous May 14, 2010, 1:29 p.m.    

Ok, so stop censoring them and the issue will go away.

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Anonymous May 16, 2010, 9:57 p.m.    

&quot;Little Russians&quot; have always tried to silence and censor Ukrainians at the behest of their &quot;Great Russian&quot; masters...

Unfortunately, this has always failed in the past, and it will fail again. There is no &quot;black cat&quot; in the room Mrs Herman - but there is an elephant sitting in the Presidential Office - a &quot;Malo Ros Slon&quot;!

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