Andriy Shevchenko (politician)

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Andriy Shevchenko
Андрій Шевченко
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People's Deputy of Ukraine
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 25, 2006
Personal details
Born (1976-06-10) June 10, 1976 (age 38)
Hvizdets, Ukraine
Nationality Ukraine
Political party Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc[1]
Spouse(s) Hanna Homonai[2]
Children 1 daughter, Marichka (born in 2004)[2]
Residence Kyiv, Ukraine
Alma mater Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University[2]
Occupation Politician
Profession Journalist[2]
Website http://rada.gov.ua

Andriy Shevchenko (Ukrainian: Андрій Шевченко) (born June 10, 1976) is a current member of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. He is also a prominent Ukrainian journalist and civil activist.

Shevchenko was born in the town of Hvizdets, near Kolomyia, in Ukraine (at that time - the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union), and spent his young years in Fastiv, near Kiev.

Journalism[edit]

Shevchenko has worked as a multi-media journalist since 1994 for the 1+1 TV Channel, Novyi Kanal, Radio Voice of America and others.

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 Shevchenko 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. It eventually played a key role during the Orange Revolution of 2004. Shevchenko was the editor-in-chief of the channel and a news presenter.

In 2005, after the Orange Revolution, Shevchenko 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 now 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).

Politics[edit]

Shevchenko successfully ran for the Ukrainian Parliament in 2006, 2007, and 2012 with Yulia Tymoshenko’s party ‘Batkivshchyna’. In the elections of 2006 and 2007 he was ranked 5th in the party lists of Yulia Tymoshenko's Block, and in 2012 he was ranked 33rd in the party list of the United Opposition.

In 2006 Shevchenko was elected the Ukrainian parliament’s Free Speech Committee Chairman and became the youngest ever Committee chairman to serve in the Ukrainian Parliament. He was reelected the Free Speech Committee Chairman in 2010. After the election of 2012 Mr. Shevchenko was elected 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 with strengthening civil freedoms and the free flow of information in the country. He is also one of the authors of the Law on Non-Governmental Organizations.

Mr. Shevchenko was an active participant of Euromaydan - mass protests of 2013-14 that brought down the regime of Victor Yanukovich.

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