BBG Watch Commentary

DW Bulatov Report 2-2-14BBC and Deutsche Welle have reported a few hours ago that injured opposition activist Dmytro Bulatov who said he was kidnapped and tortured for eight days by unidentified captors has left Ukraine for medical treatment in Lithuania.

Bulatov’s departure from Ukraine for treatment abroad is number 2 news story on the BBC homepage. VOA English homepage still shows an hours-old report about Ukraine President Yanukovych returning to work after an illness as its number three news story.

Beaten protest leader Dmytro Bulatov leaves Ukraine, BBC, February 2, 2014

Injured protester Bulatov leaves Ukraine for hospital, as Yanukovych checks out of his, Deutsche Welle, February 2, 2014

Injured Ukrainian Activist ‘Has Left’ The Country, RFE/RL, February 2, 2014

As of 4:00 PM EST Sunday, the Voice of America (VOA) English news website is not reporting on this development. VOA report, Ukraine’s Yanukovych Returning to Work, VOA News, is several hours old and has not been updated since at least 9:45 AM EST. VOA language services also do not appear to have posted online any news about Bulatov leaving Ukraine for medical treatment abroad.

Another international broadcaster not reporting this news is Russia’s RT, which has had no reports about the injured Ukrainian opposition activist.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt Tweeted that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kozhara has kept his word to allow Dmytry Bulatov to leave Ukraine to seek medical treatment abroad.

As of 5:15 PM EST Sunday, none of this news has made it onto the Voice of America English news website and websites of more than 40 VOA language services.