The Working Group on Media Election Observation reviewed recent materials disseminated at the national and regional levels
On 6 October a regular meeting of the working group set up under the National Council to monitor the observance of election legislation by broadcasters took place. There were reviewed the results of monitoring of national, satellite, as well as regional and local broadcasters for the period from 26 September to 4 October. The working group is headed by the Executive Secretary of the National Council Mr Yurii Zinevych.
On the TV channel “NEWSONE” (the LLC “News 24 Hours”) on 30 September at 07:20 pm in the programme “The Ukrainian Format” there was recorded the statements of the TV host Viacheslav Pikhovshek, which contains the signs of violation of part four of Article 57 of the Electoral Code of Ukraine. The current election legislation prohibits the media, their officials and creative employees to provide agitation in their materials and programmes for or against candidates, parties (party organizations), to evaluate their election programmes or give them any preference in any form during the election process, unless these programmes are stipulated by relevant agreements. The National Council will ask the company for the further explanations in order to clarify all the circumstances under which the TV host’s statement was broadcast.
During the meeting of the working group, the participants also reviewed the programme “Barrier”, which was broadcast on the TV channel “TTV” (the LLC “Television and Radio Company TTV”, multi-channel broadcasting, the City of Kropyvnytskyi). The content of this programme seemed to be aimed at creating a negative image of one of the mayoral candidates. The Representative of the National Council in the region will continue to monitor this licensee’s broadcasts to track the balance in the coverage of the campaign.
According to the results of the weekly monitoring, a significant number of stories in favour of one of the mayoral candidates were noticed on three TV channels of the City of Chernivtsi – the LLC “Chernivtsi Promin”, the LLC “TVRC “TVA” and the LLC “Misto TV”, which may indicate the commitment of these broadcasters to this person and can be treated as unbalanced coverage of the election campaign. The Representative of the National Council in the region will address these broadcasters with a warning about the need to provide unbiased and balanced information.
The meeting of the working group was traditionally attended by the Representatives of the National Council in the regions, the Member of the Central Electoral Commission Mr Vitaliy Hren, and a representative of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention.
The next meeting of the working group is scheduled for the coming week, on Tuesday.