Russian journalists blast out Western media for reports on Ukraine
Story and photos by Chhay Sophal
Vladimir, Russia (1 August 2015): Russian journalists and journalism students have criticised the Western media for what they say is “News Bias” for reports on the situation in Ukraine.
Speaking in a panel discussion on “The use of Mass Media in Information Warfare” at the international media camping this week in Vladimir, about 200 kilometers east of Moscow, three Russian TV news programmers and their young colleagues blamed the Western media, especially American one, and urged them to stop their bias reports on the truth of Ukrainian.
BBC and CNN are independent but when they cover news on Ukraine, they do not show the truth on the situation and the real event and “I don’t feel good on this,’ Russian TV journalist Andrey Medvedev who is also Deputy Director of Vesti Information and Press Department told hundreds of Russian young journalists, journalism students, and foreign media professionals from different countries, including Cambodia, on Friday.
They [Western media] look at Russian as a monster and blame Russia, so we have to defend ourselves, Medvedev said; adding that Russia is against with the Western enemies who put economic sanction on Russia and for “professional reflection, I cannot bare for the unfairness”.
Several young Russian journalists and journalism students interviewed by New Youth at the event on Saturday said similarly that they do not like the Western media on their bias news articles on the current situation Ukraine.
“From the beginning, I like them [Western media] but since they’ve reported wrongly with bias on Ukraine situation, I start hating them. Of course, they do not understand about the real fact of Ukraine and their governments put sanction on Russia,” said a journalism student through an interpreter.
As professional journalists, the Western media have to report about the truth about Russia and Ukraine, not bias, she said.
Echoing his colleague, Ernest Matskyavichus, host of ‘Vesti 20:00’ news programme, said that having a clear ideology is important for Russia.
“If we do not talk about ideology, we cannot work out. You cannot defend your opinion without identifying ideology and we have to have the attractive ideology,” he said.
They’ve reported that Russia has changed now but of course Russia never changes because Russia has what “we have had centuries,” Matskyavichus said; adding that one country has one history and Ukraine is also Russia’s brotherhood and both Russians and Ukrainians are the same people and have common things.
Konstantine Semin, Creator and Host of ‘AgitProp’ News programme, also mentioned that Russia today has more media tools and the Russians can develop more information to change people’s thinking and lives; and that “You [journalists] have to love your motherland”.
On Thursday, senior Russian journalist Evgenity Primakov to the event the western countries have thought that their opinions on the crisis in Ukraine are right, so Russian journalists must make “our interesting opinions for them” by telling the truth.
He also urged his Russian young journalists to learn the world language so that they can explain to the world what is the fact happening in Russia and Ukraine.