A Melbourne radio station has been accused of broadcasting Russian war propaganda and songs with derogatory lyrics about the Ukrainian people.
A Melbourne radio station is under fire over allegations it broadcast anti-Ukrainian propaganda in the days after Russia launched a brutal war attack on its neighboring country.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is investigating Russian radio station 3ZZZ after numerous complaints were made about the content aired on several of the station’s shows following the start of the war in Ukraine.
The station has been accused of spreading pro-Kremlin sentiments and misinforming the conflict in Ukraine.
The program reportedly played a song containing derogatory lyrics about the people and politicians of Ukraine, claimed that the Russian military had not attacked Ukrainian cities, and broadcast Vladimir Putin’s justification for the invasion.
In a statement, the ACMA confirmed it had received four complaints about the broadcasts.
“We are concerned about the issues raised and are currently reviewing the matter, including reviewing the content of two episodes of the program,” a spokesperson said.
“At the same time, we have been in contact with the broadcaster and urged them to expedite their response to the matter.”
The Community Broadcasters Association of Australia has also been in contact with the broadcaster.
The war in Ukraine is in its fourth week and Moscow has stepped up its information war against the West to justify its actions.
Russian-speaker Rost Vashevnik, who has lived in Australia for 34 years, said he listened to the programs in question.
“I listen to this garbage twice a week,” he told the Herald Sun.
“I analyze and find sufficient new evidence of propaganda.
Following multiple complaints, the radio station reportedly told the complainants there was a six-week deadline for the review.
The Ukrainian Association of Victoria said 3ZZZ’s six-week exam policy was “disgusting” and held its bosses to account.
“We are Australia, we are democratic, we know the truth,” said Noble Park branch president Liana Slipetsky.
“In extreme times, like what we are currently experiencing, I don’t think complaints about Russian propaganda should take a back seat.”
Earlier this month, anti-war protests erupted in major cities around the world, including a rally that drew thousands to Melbourne.
People identifying with Russia were also seen in the crowd showing their support for Ukraine and distancing themselves from the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A Russian at the Melbourne protest went to extraordinary lengths to show his support for Ukraine, going so far as to set his passport on fire in an act of defiance.
In the vision posted on social media, former Russian citizen Andrei was visibly shaking as pieces of ash fell to the ground outside Treasury Gardens.
Asked by a passerby if he was denouncing Russian President Vladimir Putin, he simply replied: “Absolutely, yes.”
“Curse him and everything he stands for,” Andrei said.
“I hope he won’t live much longer.”