Disinfo: Ukrainian authorities banned the coverage of separatist militant leader Arsen…

Summary

Ukrainian authorities banned the coverage of separatist militant leader Arsen Pavlov’s (Motorola) death. This is proven by a scan of a letter from the Ukrainian Information Ministry calling on media to ignore the topic.

Disproof

The Ukrainian Information Ministry denied issuing any such instruction. The scanned letter used as proof is a fake, as is shown inter alia by the fake minister's signature. The information about any official instructions were also denied by several editors of TV and electronic media in Ukraine. bit.ly/2fpOBaB,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue46
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/10/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Arsen Pavlov (Motorola), Media, War in Ukraine

Disclaimer

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