‘Wrong’ Maidan: Ukraine demands that France’s Canal+ TV take hard-hitting documentary off air

Police officers and opposition supporters are seen on Maidan Nezalezhnosti square in Kiev, where clashes began between protesters and the police, February 19, 2014. © Andrey Stenin
[ Editor’s Note: Ukraine might have screwed up here by giving this film tons of fear publicity. Everybody wants to know why who and why someone is attempting to squelch a documentary. It’s like throwing read meat to a lion. It gives an opportunity to reeducate those that only saw the front end of Maidan but had no time to follow the byzantine media about it afterwards that challenged even diplomats  and journalists to follow.
The Ukrainian officials have made fools of themselves like they are not aware that no one cares what they think and how low their reputation is. If I were the filmmaker I would announce a follow up film on the abject corruption of the gang of bandits in charge of the place now. That is always the best revenge… Jim W. Dean ]
Note 2: Our Donbass correspondent has been asked to stay up all night to do English translating on expected attacks by Kiev who has closed all the crossing points today and was making deployments in what appeared to be preparation for an attack. In the last day Donetsk was shelled 108 times, 990 during the past week, what you might call an active ceasefire. We will be monitoring here.
– First published  …  February 01,  2016
Ukraine’s authorities have urged a French broadcaster to take a documentary titled “Masks of Revolution” off the air. They claim the movie misrepresents Maidan events, and have a list of their own suggestions for what needs to be shown.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in their facebook statement went as far as to urge Canal+ TV to overhaul their editorial policy.

The film is scheduled to be shown on February 1.

“Paul Moreira strips the masks of modern-day Ukraine and carries out an investigation on the firing line of the new ‘Cold War’ between the East and the West,” the synopsis posted on the Canal+ website reads.

The film is a special investigation carried out by Paul Moreira, which covers the events in Ukraine over 2014: the far-right radical groups allegedly backed by the US, as well as the deadly violence in the southern Ukrainian town of Odessa.Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko takes part in a commemoration ceremony at the site where anti-Yanukovich protesters were killed during clashes in Kiev, Ukraine, November 21, 2015. © Gleb Garanich

Ukrainian authorities say that Moreira’s Masks of Revolution is“deception” and not an example of “media pluralism,” as it provides a“misrepresented view on the situation in Ukraine.”

“The version of events in the Ukraine offered in the film is pleasing to the ears of conspiracy theories’ supporters and of pro-Russian propagandists. This pamphlet is a documentary made in the worst tradition of misinformation,” the statement adds.

The diplomats went on to urge Canal+ “to reconsider the possibility of airing the film on TV.”

Also, the embassy gave a list of suggestions about what the French broadcaster should show about 2014 Maidan events, “hoping that one day these movies will be presented on Canal +”

The filmmaker, Paul Moreira, has responded to the accusations, saying his film was “contrary to the commonly accepted narrative” but the reaction still shocked him.

“I knew I was going to meet a strong opposition, would be accused of playing into the hands of Putin, of using elements of propaganda. I didn’t expect to meet such denial, bordering on hysteria… I was called a ‘terrorist’ in the pay of the Russian secret services. [They are] urging that the film be banned.

“Even the Ukrainian ambassador pressured Canal Plus. That is what surprises me the most. For it seems to me that Ukraine must urgently raise the question of these paramilitary groups. They are, as stated in the film, the greatest threat to Ukrainian democracy.”



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