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Since this battle may well have spelled the end of the channel as we knew it, the solidarity shown by the journalists who resigned en masse is certainly welcome. On the other hand, the blow was probably fatal precisely because from the outset there were two distinct camps presenting mutually exclusive versions of the situation.

TVi had come under attack many times over the last three years, and the uses made of the National Broadcasting Council, the tax authorities, and Internet providers convinced only those seriously wishing to be duped. This attack has apparently come from within, and the lack of serious protest from the West is possibly in part due to consternation over conflicting versions from people who until recently seemed to share the same agenda. 

This agenda, it should be stressed, was one of journalist independence and honesty, hard-hitting questions and investigative journalism, not a political stand.

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