US and UK citizens blame their media for news twister on Crimea
Story and photos by Chhay Sophal
Vladimir, Russia (3 August 2015): American and British journalists on Monday blasted out among hundreds of Russian and foreign journalists and journalism students here in Vladimir their countries’ media reports by misinterpreting Crimea, a former Ukrainian territory officially lost to Russia last March.
Speaking in a session on “Russia through the eyes of foreign journalists” at the international media gathering, British journalist Graham Philips said as a British, he loves BBC and watches it every day but he stopped doing so since BBC has misinterpreted on the Crimean situation in its news reports.
Graham — who claimed that he used to be detained at his own country’s airport due to his support for Russia — blames BBC on its news twister, taking one-side source and making propaganda on Crimea. America is shit for Ukraine and bad for Russia, said Graham who can speak Russian fluently.
Echoing Graham, Charles Bauman, American who lives in Russia and speaks Russian fluently, also blamed CNN for its wrong reports on Crimea saying that “American media “take much one side”.
Last Saturday, three Russian TV news programmers and their young colleagues also blamed the Western media, especially CNN and BBC, and urged them to stop their bias reports on the truth of Ukrainian and Crimea.
On March 16 last year, Crimea’s government claimed that nearly 96% of those who voted in Crimea where the West said it was support by Russia. The vote was not recognised by the international and aside from Russia, no nation sent their official observers to the election.
During the session, Tim Kirbyុំ, American, is also invited to lecture the participants on the media profession. Tim urged the young Russian journalists to read more and spend at least one hour and a haft to reflect their thinking, which is the main task of journalists.