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Out Of Ukrainian Protests, A New Media Outlet Is Born

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

KYIV -- A wave of panic gripped protesters as rumors spread that tanks were bearing down on Kyiv to quell the revolt against President Viktor Yanukovych.

Several news outlets ran reports and word spread like wildfire on Twitter. "There are tanks!" said one alarming tweet on December 1.

But in fact, there weren't. And the news organization that finally debunked the rumor and stopped the panic was an upstart online television outfit that didn't even exist a month ago.

Lyudmyla Yankina, organizing producer at Hromadske TV, explains how her small online television station got to the heart of the story the old fashioned way: by reporting it.

The tanks were reportedly arriving by rail. Yankina dispatched journalists to two railway junctions where the tanks would have had to pass, interviewed railway employees, and established that the reports were, in fact, false.

"We checked whether these objects passed through," Yankina says. "We disproved this information. Society was very grateful because panic was really spreading in Ukraine and abroad where there is a big Ukrainian diaspora."

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A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Out Of Ukrainian Protests, A New Media Outlet Is Born

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