The Ukrainian regulator National Council has appealed to Martin Peters and Guillaume Dubois, the respective chairman of the board of directors and CEO at Euronews, to cover the Russian aggression in Ukraine in the Russian language edition of Euronews.
In a statement, National Council said that it noted that the broadcaster’s materials deviated from journalistic standards and promoted Kremlin narratives. Therefore, according to the regulator, such a position looks like support for Russian aggression.
It adds that earlier, it drew the company’s attention to the fact that the selection of materials, texts and the general position of its Russian-language edition do not correspond to reality and are influenced by the Kremlin’s position and rhetoric on events in Ukraine. The regulator asked the European edition of Euronews to stop cooperating with the Russian-language publication and in response received assurances that the provision of objective unbiased news to the audience was and remains the goal of Euronews in all its language editions.
At the same time, watching Euronews further, the National Council noticed differences in the plots of different language versions, as well as the presence of Kremlin narratives without any attempt to call them misinformation.
National Council gave the example of a Euronews story about the Severodonetsk chemical plant Nitrogen, which was broadcast on Sunday, June 12 and in its view gave an entirely Russian narrative to justify the country’s aggression in Ukraine.