Category Archives: Media

Putin signs law allowing Kremlin to fine YouTube and social networks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved an amendment to the Code on Administrative Offences, which will allow to fine foreign Internet platforms that allow discrimination against Russian state media. The document provides for sanctions for non-compliance with the regulations of the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, which previously received the right to block or slow down access to resources listed as

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TV channel in Ukraine faces probe for airing fugitive PM’s propaganda-laden statement

Azarov has blamed Ukraine Army for Russia’s armed aggression. A national broadcasting watchdog has appointed an audit at Nash TV channel over the airing of a propaganda-filled statement by former Prime Minister of the Yanukovych era, Mykola Azarov. The relevant statement was published on the website of Ukraine’s National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council on February 12. The statement says

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Ukraine’s Friend of the Week: Larisa Galadza, the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine  No one expected this week’s explosive news.  After years of shameless business and media expansion, the top pro-Russian power broker in Ukraine, Viktor Medvedchuk, took a devastating gut-punch late on Feb. 2. President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed heavy sanctions against lawmaker Taras Kozak, said to be the proxy

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Pro-Russian lawmakers protest ban of TV channels while West welcomes it

Members of Ukraine’s 44-seat pro-Russian parliament faction Opposition Platform — For Life vowed to impeach President Volodymyr Zelensky over his decision to impose harsh sanctions on three pro-Russian TV channels, which effectively terminated their broadcasting. The party accused Zelensky of censorship and called him a “fascist devil” over the ban of their propaganda channels. In a bold move, president Zelensky late on

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Razumkov refuses to sign NDSC decree on sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsONE and ZiK TV channels

“Sanctions against TV channels are always bad, regardless of who introduced them”, said the Parliamentary Speaker Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Dmytro Razumkov commented on the sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsONE and ZiK TV channels.  “Sanctions against TV channels are always bad, regardless of who introduced them”, he said as quoted by TheBabel. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the decree on

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Zelensky blocks Putin crony’s TV channels in Ukraine by enforcing NSDC sanctions

Security officials have sanctioned an MP with the pro-Russian political force and a number of TV channels associated with Putin’s political operative in Ukraine, Viktor Medvedchuk. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has put into force a decision by the National Security and Defense Council of February 2, 2021, on applying sanctions against MP Taras Kozak, who is believed to be an

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Network of Telegram channels publishing materials at request of Russia exposed in Ukraine

The agential network was made up of the citizens of Kharkiv and Odesa, activists of the so-called Rosiyska vesna (pro-Russian unrests) In Ukraine, the large-scale network acted that was engaged in the defamation of the bodies of the state power and destabilization of the situation in Ukraine at the request of the special services of Russia. The promoted stories were

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Ukrainian TV channel fined by regulator for remarks ‘inciting hatred’

Ukraine’s National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting on Thursday implemented two sanctions against the 112 Ukraine television network: a warning and a fine equivalent to 25% of its license fee for airing remarks “containing calls for an aggressive war or its propaganda and/or inciting ethnic, racial, or religious animosity and hatred.” The move comes after an inspection of the

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Russia Says Trump Ban a ‘Nuclear Blast in Cyber Space’

Russia on Thursday compared the decision of social media giants to suspend U.S. President Donald Trump’s accounts to a “nuclear blast in cyber space” with the consequences hard to predict. “The decision of U.S. internet platforms to block the head of state can be compared to a nuclear blast in cyber space,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on

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Telegram Downloads Soar as Trump Supporters Deplatformed

Encrypted messaging app Telegram has become the second-most downloaded app in the United States after President Donald Trump and his supporters were deplatformed in the wake of last week’s deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. Telegram’s downloads rose as Twitter and Facebook banned Trump while Google and Apple removed conservative social network Parler from their

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Don’t Silence America’s Voice

Kurt Volker The information wars have kicked into high gear, and the United States is still behind. America’s adversaries have figured out the disinformation game. With increasing brazenness, they are using online restrictions, fake news, troll farms, social media bots, mass media, and surrogates throughout the world to overwhelm what remains of accurate, reliable sources of news information in local

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The deputy proposes to ban statements denying Russia’s military aggression and occupation

People’s Deputy Oleh Dunda proposes to counteract the information war on television and radio by expanding the powers of the National Council and criminal liability. On October 5, Oleh Dunda , a People’s Deputy from the Servant of the People faction, registered in parliament the bill  №4188 “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine” On Television and Radio Broadcasting “to Combat Information Warfare”, which proposes

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The media attributed the gratitude to Medvedchuk to the resident of Spain, released from the “DPR”: she denied

TV channels from the orbit of the deputy of the People’s Deputy from the HMPR, Viktor Medvedchuk, spread the news that the Ukrainian Yevgeny Yepes thanked the pro-Russian politician for freeing the “ DPR” terrorists from captivity . It turned out to be a manipulation. In an article by the Spanish newspaper El Pais, cited by pro-Medvedchuk media, there is no hint of thanks to Medvedchuk. “You

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Russian State Duma appeals to prosecutor’s office concerning number of foreign mass media

The MPs see the ‘systematic attempts to provide the external influence on the inner affairs of Russia and influence the expression of the will of the citizens of the country’ in the work of mass media The Commission of the State Duma of Russia on the investigation of foreign interference requested to the prosecutor’s office due to the activity of

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Google bans website ZeroHedge from its ad platform over comments on protest articles

A Google spokesperson said in an email that it took action after determining the website violated its policies on content related to race. By Adele-Momoko Fraser Google has banned ZeroHedge, a far-right website that often traffics in conspiracy theories, from its advertising platform over policy violations found in the comments section of stories about recent Black Lives Matter protests. Google

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Facebook marked the post from the ZIK TV channel as false because of a fake about Ulyana Suprun

Authors:Katerina GoncharovaIndependent fact-checkers monitor misinformation on Facebook and provide links to verified information. This time the social network warns about another fake, spread by ZIK TV channel. The social network Facebook marked the video posted on the ZIK TV channel page as untrue, as the TV program voiced a fake about the former head of the Ministry of Health Ulyana Suprun . This drew the

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Ukrainian TV channel cries political pressure after backlash to airing “foreign” RFE/RL & BBC programs

Article by: Olena Makarenko with contributions by Alya Shandra The Ukrainian media Espreso TV is saying it is being pressured after the Ukrainian state media regulator scheduled an unplanned inspection of the channel. The reason for the inspection is eerily reminiscent of Soviet times: broadcasting programs of the Ukrainian desks of the BBC and Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), which Ukraine’s National

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Tetyana Danylenko together with ZIK employees launched a YouTube project

Its budget is about 100 thousand hryvnias a month. They are currently investing in production. TV and radio presenter Tetyana Danylenko has launched a YouTube channel “Danylenko.”, Which will publish the author’s content on socio-political issues. She told about it in the comment to “Media Detector”. Ms. Danylenko is working on the project together with the production company Bad Raven, which is owned by

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Google has blocked the account and YouTube of the pro-Kremlin RIA FAN

As a result, tens of thousands of agency videos and projects have been deleted. This was reported on the website of RIA FAN (Federal News Agency). It is noted that Google has explained its actions as a “violation of the rules” by Russian media, without specifying specific reasons. The FAN claims that they allegedly did not violate anything, and the

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The Interim Investigation Commission has completed an investigation into Medvedchuk’s channels

On April 15, the Interim Commission of Inquiry to investigate information on compliance with legislative requirements during the change of owners of news channels and ensure counteraction to information influence of the Russian Federation, submitted to the Verkhovna Rada the materials concerning TV channels 112 Ukraine, ZIK and NewsOne, which belong to a close associate of Viktor Medvedchuk Taras Kozak.

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