Andriy Shevchenko (politician)
|People's Deputy of Ukraine|
May 25, 2006
June 10, 1976 |
|Political party||Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc|
|Children||1 daughter, Marichka (born in 2004)|
|Alma mater||Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University|
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. Shevchenko was the editor-in-chief of the channel and a presenter.
In 2005, after the Orange Revolution, he was appointed vice-president of the National Television Company of Ukraine, but left his position in six 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 from Reporters Without Borders (Austria, 2005). He also received a number of Ukrainian journalistic awards, including The Best News Presenter, The Best News Program, The Best Documentary (‘Teletriumph’, 2005).
He successfully ran for the Ukrainian Parliament in 2006, 2007 and 2012 with Yulia Tymoshenko’s party ‘Batkivshchyna’. At the elections of both 2006 and 2007 he was ranked 5 in the party lists of the Yulia Tymoshenko's Block and in 2012 he was ranked 33 in the party list of the United Opposition.
In 2006 he was elected the parliament’s Free Speech Committee Chairman as the youngest ever Committee chairman in the Ukrainian Parliament. He was reelected the Free Speech Committee Chairman in 2010. After the election of 2012 Mr. Shevchenko was elected the First Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Committee.
Shevchenko is the author of the Ukrainian Law on Access to Public Information, which was adopted in 2011 and is credited for strengthening civil freedoms and free flow of information in the country. Hi is also one of the authors of the Law on Non-Governmental Organizations.
- Shevchenko went to school in Kyiv.
- In 1993-94 he was an exchange student to Alameda High School, Alameda, California.
- In 1999 he received his master's degree from the Institute of Journalism at Kiev University.
- He also studied political science and economics at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
- Yale World Fellow (2008)
- Draper Hills Fellow at Stanford (2009).
- (Ukrainian)Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc election list, Central Election Commission of Ukraine
- (Ukrainian) Biography, www.vlada.kiev.ua
- Yale University President Announces 2008 Yale World Fellows, Yale University (May 1, 2008)