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Tymoshenko accuses central TV channels of manipulating people's consciousness in favor of oligarchs

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Dec. 8, 2009, 1:15 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
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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Anonymous Dec. 8, 2009, 4:22 p.m.    

Well, after Tymoshenko flooded the airwaves for 2 weeks with self-promotional propaganda during the the flue scare, she has a lot of nerve complaining about media coverage.

The truth is that Yulia Tymoshenko is taking a well-deserved beating from Ukraine's free press, and she doesn't like it.

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Anonymous Dec. 8, 2009, 4:46 p.m.    

She had no problem on the 4th. I take it her shows on the tube aren't helping her ratings and that's what she's expecting.

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Anonymous Dec. 8, 2009, 9:14 p.m.    

Is her husband classified as an oligarch?

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Anonymous Dec. 9, 2009, 1:07 a.m.    

Who controls "Inter"?

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Anonymous Dec. 9, 2009, 1:10 a.m.    

Sept. 6 – Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s allies have gained de-facto control over Inter, Ukraine’s most popular television network and a powerful asset ahead of the next presidential election, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday.

The development forced a massive exodus of top managers from the channel, which had been persistently critical in its coverage of Tymoshenko for the past three years, the person said.

Hanna Bezliudna, the general producer at Inter, and her team are expected to officially announce their resignations on Monday, the person said.

Tymoshenko has long been seeking to obtain control over Inter, which analysts said is an important tool for increasing her popularity ahead of the next presidential election due January 17, 2010.

Valerie Khoroshkovskiy, a co-owner of Inter and a deputy chief of the SBU security service, said earlier this year that Tymoshenko – while already being the prime minister – asked him to sell Inter at a meeting in early 2008.

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Anonymous Dec. 9, 2009, 8:26 p.m.    

Ukrainian TV is mostly garbage.

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