‘Armed’ Gunmen Storm News Studio in Fake Attack, Broadcaster Apologizes for Stunt: ‘Jokes Are Not Our Strong Point’


Fake information acquired a bit too actual for one TV studio viewers in Ukraine, when males who seemed to be armed stormed the stay transmission of a information program in a simulated assault.

Many weren’t left seeing the humorous facet throughout a broadcast of the Ukrainian-language Pryamiy channel when masked males bumped into the studio and shouted for presenter Mykola Veresen, whereas the noise of obvious gunfire peppered the studio.

Some viewers members regarded like they have been in real shock because the drama unfolded for a few minute and one of many masked males skilled his weapon on the digicam, screaming at full throttle.

The penny started to drop that not all was because it appeared—partly because of the calmness of the visitors and different presenters— whereas the distinct whiff of ham performing by the masked males was a little bit of a giveaway.

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Then Veresen dispelled the fiction totally by standing up and posing for a selfie with the intruders, explaining that it was merely a stunt to point out the “absurdity” of an assault on the channel’s proprietor, according to BBC Monitoring.

This referred to former lawmaker Volodymyr Makeyenko whose residence was searched this week by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) over claims of tax evasion when the channel was purchased in 2017.

But the channel issued a mea culpa for causing such a stir, saying that “Pryamiy is a news channel and jokes are not our strong point.”

However it wished to focus on “the absurdity of a situation in a country where surprises happen almost every day” and that seizures can “happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere.”

But many on social media weren’t impressed, with journalist Anastasiya Mahazova describing the stunt as “completely shameless,” whereas journalist Mykhaylo Tkach said on Facebook that it had “humiliated” its viewers.

Blogger Anton Hodza was significantly scathing of the channel’s anti-government stance, saying: “I’ve an concept for Pryamiyon the best way to do the subsequent prank. The studio is seized by folks dressed like respectable journalists and so they take 5 minutes of air time to supply media protection according to journalistic requirements.

'Armed' Gunmen Storm News Studio in Fake Attack, Broadcaster Apologizes for Stunt: 'Jokes Are Not Our Strong Point'
Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is alleged to have hyperlinks to the proprietor of Ukrainian TV channel Pryamyy, Volodymyr Makeyenko. A tax investigation into Makeyenko spurred Pryamyy to stage a faux seizure of Pryamyy’s studios as an announcement towards what it says is an assault on the channel. SERGEI SUPINSKY/Getty Images

“Then they are saying ‘ha ha ha, we have you, this was a prank’. And then they proceed as typical,” BBC Monitoring reported.

In May final yr, Ukraine witnessed one other surreal stunt when the Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko turned up at a press conference lower than a day after he was reported lifeless.

He stated the staged homicide was a sting operation to cease an assassination plot.


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