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Zelenskyy meets with Fox Corporation CEO, awards wounded journalist

Ukrainian President thanked the media representatives for their coverage of Ukraine’s fight against Russian aggression despite the risks to journalists.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the meeting with Fox Corporation CEO and journalists on 20 November in Kyiv. Credit: Presidential Office
Zelenskyy meets with Fox Corporation CEO, awards wounded journalist

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch, Fox News journalist Benjamin Hall, and News Corp-owned tabloid The Sun’s Jerome Starkey, who visited Kyiv, the Presidential office reported on 20 November. The president thanked the media executives for their coverage of Ukraine’s fight against Russian aggression despite the risks to journalists.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the meeting with Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch on 20 November in Kyiv. Credit: Presidential Office

In spring 2022, a Fox News team was shelled by Russian forces in Kyiv Oblast. Cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian fixer Oleksandra Kuvshynova were killed. Benjamin Hall was seriously wounded.

Zelenskyy stressed the key role of global media in rallying international support for Ukraine and expressed condolences to all who lost loved ones in the war.

“All this time, journalists, cameramen, editors, photographers, drivers have been on the frontline. As this is a hybrid war, information is also a weapon in Russian hands,” he said.

Zelenskyy awarded Hall the Order of Merit, III class award, for his contribution  “to strengthening interstate cooperation, support for Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the meeting with Fox News journalist Benjamin Hallon on 20 November in Kyiv. Credit: Presidential Office

The president thanked Murdoch for visiting and said it sent an important signal of support at a time when “the world’s attention is blurred by other events.”

“For some reason, people treat it like a movie and expect that there will be no long pauses in the events, that the picture before their eyes will always change, that there will be some surprises every day. But for us, for our warriors, this is not a movie. These are our lives,” Zelenskyy emphasized.

Fox News is a cable and satellite television news channel in the United States known for its conservative political stance and its close association with the Republican Party. Fox News has a significant influence on American politics and is a primary news source for many conservative viewers across the country.

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