Ukrainians protest censorship of TV channel

September 9th, 2012 - 7:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Kiev, Sep 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Hundreds of people protested in Kiev in support of an independent cable TV channel that has claimed it is being censored after several operators suspended its broadcasts.

Protesters in the Ukrainian capital held banners with slogans such as “Stop censorship” and “TVi is the last frontier of freedom”.

Similar demonstrations were held in other cities.

The action comes after TVi was taken off air in 11 regions across the country, in a move that it says was prompted by pressure from the authorities.

TVi has been critical of President Viktor Yanukovych and his government.

But operator Triolan denied it had come under pressure, citing internal issues for the decision.

A number of high-profile opposition figures, including Arseniy Yatsenyuk, leader of the Front for Change party, joined the protest in Kiev.

Authorities have made no comments.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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