() (born June 10, 1976) is a current deputy of the Verkhovna Rada
, the Ukrainian parliament
; a prominent Ukrainian journalist.
Andriy Shevchenko was born in the town of Hvizdets
, near Kolomyia
, in the Ukrainian SSR
of the Soviet Union
(in present-day Ukraine
), and spent his young years in Fastiv
, near Kiev
Shevchenko has worked as a multi-media journalist since 1994 for the 1+1
TV Channel, Novyi Kanal
, Radio Voice of America
Under the administration of President Kuchma Shevchenko was one of the leaders of the journalists’ movement against censorship. In 2002 he left Novyi Kanal
under political pressure. Later in 2002 he established Kyiv Independent Media Union and was elected its first Chairman.
In 2003 he introduced his idea of creating the Channel of Honest News (Канал чесних новин). The 5th Channel
, a 24-hours-day news channel, was the only network not controlled by the government and eventually played a key role during the Orange Revolution of 2004. Mr. Shevchenko was the editor-in-chief of the channel and a presenter.
In 2005, after the Orange Revolution, he was appointed vice-president of National Television Company of Ukraine
, but left his position in 6 months after the government refused to transform the state broadcaster into a Public Broadcasting System. He is the President of the Center for Public Media
, an NGO promoting public broadcasting in Ukraine.
In 2005 Shevchenko received The Press Freedom Award
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