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Monday, November 29, 2004

Ukrainian media revolts against biased reporting as parliament calls election invalid

The Ukrainian parliament has agreed the election result was invalid, saying it was “at odds with the will of the people.” Unfortunately the parliament’s views are not legally binding, however it has been seen as a moral boost to Yushchenko supporters. The Ukrainian Supreme Court meets today to examine the various claims of fraud.

The election crisis has deepened after officials in eastern Ukraine vowed to split Ukraine in two if Mr Yushchenko were to become president.

But in some great news reporters at Ukraine’s state-owned television channel, which had been a voice for pro-Government propaganda, have revolted, saying they have had enough of “telling the government’s lies”. Other stations with a pro-Government bias have said they too will also become impartial. This is just fantastic news. America, are you watching?

And isn’t it lovely to see police officers standing with the protesters. I particularly enjoyed the footage of protesters giving the police flowers.

Seeing people fight for democracy has been so beautiful, but the absence of violence has made it even better.

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Ukraine state TV in revolt
Excellent BBC story. A correspondent on the state channel, UT1, announced live on the evening bulletin that the entire news team was going to join the protests in Independence Square. She said their message to the protesters was: "We are not lying anymore".

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