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Objectivity of media is at fairly high level in Ukraine – Razumkov

KYIV. Sept 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov considers the level of objectivity of the Ukrainian mass media to be quite high.

"The objectivity of the media representation, I think, is … at a fairly high level. Would I prefer it to be better? Yes, I would like! Do I always, as the head of the Verkhovna Rada, have access to the media to the extent that I would like? No, I don’t. One can analyze what is happening on certain media resources. But this, again, is editorial policy: I cannot influence it or say that they are doing something unlawful. I would really like to believe that no one influences their editorial policy from the outside," Razumkov said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

According to Razumkov, during election campaigns, media resources may lean towards one side or another, but this is happening all over the world.

"We can look at states with developed democracies, such as the United States of America. There are also CNN and FOX, where each has its own editorial policy. Yes, not everyone may like it. If we are talking about Ukraine, then we, I think, have not the worst situation in this regard," said the speaker of the parliament.

Referring to his participation in the election campaigns, Razumkov stressed that there was access to the media.

"I was present in the air of TV programs both during the presidential and parliamentary campaigns. I was on all TV channels, starting from 112, NewsOne, ZiK, which belong to Kozak [MP Taras Kozak, against whom the NSDC imposed personal sanctions this year], ending with TV channels owned by other business representatives: ICTV, STB [ultimate beneficiaries are businessman Viktor Pinchuk and his wife]. We have been everywhere. We were both on Channel 5 and on Pryamiy [the fifth president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is the owner] – wherever we could convey our vision … Yes, at some channels I had tougher discussions and less loyal presenters. But this is a discussion, it should exist, but not go beyond the norms of morality and common sense. It is necessary to hear a different point of view," said Razumkov.