The central Ukrainian TV channels are manipulating the consciousness of citizens in favor of financial and oligarchic groups, Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko has said.
"The complete manipulation of people's consciousness is being conducted. All central television channels currently belong to oligarchs – remember this. None of the channels reflect politics that correspond to the real situation in the country," Tymoshenko said at a ceremony dedicated to the day of local government in Kyiv on Monday.
According to her, "currently all the news on TV is formed at the headquarters of certain presidential candidates, who personify oligarchy and its interests.
Tymoshenko noted her appearance on a Shuster Live show on the Ukraina TV Channel, when MPs from the Regions Party appeared on the live show uninvited and tried to disrupt her appearance.
"They acknowledged that they organized this live show in the headquarters of the Regions Party. This was revealed because God wanted to unveil this shameful case, and show the whole country what kind of freedom of the press that the country currently has, and [what kind of] news that it has at present," Tymoshenko said.
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