UKRAINE – Since this morning, not only the EUROFANS but the entire planet watches the insane event of the Russian invasion in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian national broadcaster has asked the European Broadcasting Union to suspend its broadcasters’ membership.
Due to Russia’s present invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne is asking for the Russian broadcaster’s membership in the European Broadcasting Union to be suspended.
Suspilne is calling for the suspension of Channel One, All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company from the European Broadcasting Union. Suspilne states that the Russian broadcasters have failed to meet a number of obligations of their European Broadcasting Union membership including key values of public service broadcasting; ensuring freedom of speech and information; free formation of points of view; development of intercultural dialogue;
In a letter to the President of the European Broadcasting Union, Delphine Ernotte, Suspilne Mykola Chernotytskyy, Chairman of the Board of Suspilne, urged the EBU to:
We recognize that the process of terminating or suspending EBU membership requires careful consideration by the EBU Executive Board and referral to the EBU General Assembly. In the meantime, we call on the EBU to respond now to the unacceptable situation caused by Russia with the support of its essential state broadcasters that are members of the EBU.
When it comes to Eurovision, our reference can only reach that of EUROSTARS. So far we have noticed the messages of Jamala and Zlata Ognevich alongside GO_A’s singer Kateryna saying their safe, urging for peach and discussing the use of the Ukrainian language and the urge for shelters in Western Ukraine.
THE FIRST EBU RESPONSE
In the meantime, we at oikotimes team, contacted the EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION for a response to the current situation. Of course, the EBU, neutral as always, was kind enough to reply with a short but sufficient (maybe for now).
“The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political cultural event which unites nations and celebrates diversity through music. The EBU’s public broadcaster Members in both Russia and Ukraine have committed to participating in this year’s event in Turin and we are currently planning to welcome artists from both countries to perform in May. We of course will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
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