Ukraine combines national TV channels
March 21, 2022
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree that combines all national TV channels into one platform, citing the importance of a “unified information policy” under martial law.
In a press statement, Zelenskyy’s office explained that a “unified information policy in martial law” is a matter of national security, given “the direct military aggression of the Russian Federation, the active dissemination of misinformation by the aggressor state, [and] distortion of information, as well as justifying or denying the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.”
The new platform will be United News and will mostly consist of “information and/or information-analytical programmes on a single information platform of strategic communication.” It will be a “round-the-clock information marathon,” the release said.
Under this decree, privately-owned media companies in Ukraine will be suspended for the time being.