The media’s pro-EU propaganda in action

Ukraine’s decision to break off the proposed association agreement with the EU is getting a lot of media attention.

The EU-fanatical Financial Times is just one of the media outlets that has been spinning a particular angle to the protests that have been taking place in the last week:

In Kiev’s central square and other Ukrainian cities, thousands of protesters gathered for a seventh day to call on Mr Yanukovich to sign the deal, and said more would arrive today and over the weekend if he did not. A protest last Sunday attracted more than 100,000 people – the biggest such gathering since the 2004 Orange Revolution.

A decision by students this week to go on strike has injected fresh energy into the protests. Some protesters said authorities were trying to prevent supporters from pro-European regions of western Ukraine – which played a big part in the 2004 uprising – from flocking to Kiev.

While the likes of the BBC have also openly called the protests ‘pro-EU’ they and the likes of the FT have chosen to ignore the real reason why so many people have taken to the streets.  This isn’t, as the UK media would have us believe, a popular protest borne of a burning desire for closer relations with the EU, even though some committed EUphiles in UKraine no doubt have that at the heart of their actions.

Rather this is a proxy protest by supporters of the former Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Timoshenko, whose release from prison and transfer to Germany for medical treatment was an EU pre-condition of the agreement with Ukraine being signed.

Ukraine walking away from the agreement with the EU and instead looking east to Russia, meant Timoshenko would stay in prison – and it is that which has brought supporters of her All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland” party onto the streets.

A test of this would be seeing what happens if Ukraine’s President, Victor Yanukovich, has a change of heart and releases Timoshenko regardless of any agreement.  Then we would see if 100,000+ people are still on the streets demanding that the deal with the EU is signed.

Somehow I doubt they would be.  Not that our pro-EU media would deign to report that reality should it come to pass.  They are mad keen to publish their pro-EU puff pieces, but will go to great lengths to avoid publishing anything that shows anything less than unqualified adoration for the Brussels bureaucracy.

3 Responses to “The media’s pro-EU propaganda in action”

  1. 1 prog 30/11/2013 at 12:53 am

    Ah, that explains it….not every day we see a pro-EU rally.

  2. 2 Brian H 30/11/2013 at 4:33 am

    It would be different, perhaps, if the EU hadn’t spent the last few years demonstrating that it is a dysfunctional, bureaucratic mess.

  3. 3 Sceptical Steve 02/12/2013 at 11:36 am

    As someone who’s had regular business dealings with industrial concerns in the east of Ukraine, I sense that we’re all getting drawn into yet another example of the myth of representative democracy.
    Ukraine has a well established political class who are, generally, in it for themselves. There’s no real significance to the various political labels, as they’ve all come up through the same (Soviet) political system and the labels (pro-EU, pro-Russia etc.) are just window dressing.
    The disaffection in the eastern Ukraine towards Yulia Tymoshenko, is very genuine, due largely to the manner in which her party arbitrarily cut back on industrial subsidies that had kept their heavy industries afloat. (I had the misfortune to visit the factory one winter when they couldn’t afford to run the central heating. It wasn’t pleasant, and it opened my eyes to the plight of the general population.)
    Just like over here, this is not a contest between “good” and “evil”. It’s mainly about which lot gets to line its own pockets.

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