Friday, November 26, 2004

Journalists reporting news.

Until yesterday, people in the West were getting more information about what was going on in the Ukraine than Ukrainians themselves. Then the government's control over nationwide television broke, AFP reports:
The pro-government private channel 1+1 said in a statement yesterday that it decided to begin providing "objective information" after having halted news broadcasts since Monday when journalists refused to operate under censorship.

The first reports of the mass opposition rallies in the country were aired in the dawn hours of today.

The channel is controlled by the powerful head of the presidential administration, Viktor Medvedtchuk.

Television stations which broadcast nationwide have provided extensive positive coverage of Mr Yanukovich, the declared winner of the election, while giving scant and negative attention to opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko.
Despite nervous headlines like "Ukraine on brink of civil war" all week, a peaceful orange revolution really does seem to be happening in Ukraine. Just hours after Putin -- in a real tactical mistake -- told a news conference that, "From my perspective all issues concerning the elections ... should be addressed in accordance with the constitution. All claims should go to the court," the Ukrainian Supreme Court blocked Yanykovych's inauguration and ruled that the election results were not official until they heard Yushchenko's appeal. Now, there is much negotiation going on.

All very hope-inspiring, I must say.

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