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Ukraine

I've been following the news from the Ukraine over the last week or so but have managed to stay (mercifully for some of you) quite about it. I'm glad to see that the people are standing up to a corrupt government and fixed election results. I just hope that the government sees this and steps down peacefully without bloodshed starting and destabilising the region.

Ukraine State TV in Revolt (BBC News On-Line; Friday 26th November 2004)

Crowds Blackade Kiew Government (BBC News On-Line; Friday 26th November 2004)

Court Freezes Ukraine Poll Results (BBC News On-Line; Thursday 25th November 2004)

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davywavy
Nov. 26th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
Good for the Ukrainians!

If only the BBC and Murdoch press would take a similar stand against biased reporting.
Oh, whatever am I saying...?
silver_blue
Nov. 26th, 2004 07:09 am (UTC)
I have serious doubts about the way events in the Ukraine are being reported to us.

We're getting a very one-sided account, and I wonder how it would have been reported if Yushchenko wasn't perceived to be west/capitalist-leaning?

The belief that he's been denied victory is based on exit polls - which are notoriously unreliable anyway (see the US elections and the early Democratic optimism) - and in this case many of the exit polls were paid for by western agencies.

Just as western governments and institutions interfered in government change in the Cold War era, it's equally possible for them to be biased nowadays, under the auspices of wanting to help democracy.

It may very well be that this election was undemocractic and Yushchenko won fair and square, but I think we're getting a very one-sided view of what's happening.
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