BBC explains cuts in Yanukovych interview on Crimea as not ‘newsworthy’

by Systematic

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A spokesperson from the BBC explained to Sputnik why certain portions of its Yanukovych interview, such as dealing with his personal zoo were aired while those dealing with political issues such as Crimea were not.

The BBC spokesperson told Sputnik on Tuesday that it did not include ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s views on Crimea’s 2014 reunification with Russia because they were not considered “most newsworthy.”

The BBC instead featured remarks by Yanukovych on ostriches he maintained in his residence’s zoo in his first ever interview to the Western media since the coup which ousted him.

A search on the BBC news website for “Crimea” does not bring up the interview in question, in order to find it one has to search for the word “ostriches.”

Yanukovych stated in the interview that residents of Crimea decided to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in March 2014, because they were shocked by the violence of the coup that ousted the former Ukraine president. […]

Read in full BBC Explains Cuts in Yanukovych Interview on Crimea as Not ‘Newsworthy’ at Sputnik International

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