MIP Presents Project “Trust, But Verify: Media Literacy in Ukrainian Society”
On September 6, the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine presented the project “Trust, But Verify: Media Literacy in Ukrainian Society”, carried out by the Pictoric Illustrators Club with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (as part of the Transition Promotion Program).
Opening the event, State Secretary of MIP Artem Bidenko said, “Media literacy is the hygiene of communication in Ukrainian society. MIP supports such projects, and produces printed products.
"This very project, “Trust, But Verify”, will be shown by MIP in late September at the PEN International Congress in Lviv, which will be attended by writers and intellectuals from all over the world.”
Olena Staranchuk, the project’s organizer, said that the topic is really important today since we live in a time of rapid technological advancement and we are surrounded by an unlimited amount of information, which we need to learn to understand and filter.
“The exhibition of posters by young Ukrainian artists visualizes the media terminology in order to easily comprehend complex topics every bypasser needs to know.”
According to Oleh Hryshchenko, Pictoric’s co-curator, “[t]he publication of the book “Trust, But Verify” including texts of famous Ukrainian and Czech journalists together with our authors’ posters is an important part of the project.
“The book will be distributed at educational establishments, which will give a new direction of development to our project.”
It should be noted that the project includes an exhibition of artists’ posters on media literacy to be held on September 11 along Havel Boulevard.
The stands along the boulevard will have 60 works of Ukrainian artists from the Pictoric Illustrators Club, covering such topics as censorship, propaganda, freedom of speech, fake news, information warfare, critical analysis of media messages, connection between media and power, social networks, and public broadcasting.
The other part of the project is the presentation of a book including the artists’ works and articles on media literacy. The coming out of the book is to be announced at the exhibition opening.
The exhibition is also to be held in five other cities of Ukraine in order to encompass a larger audience and encourage new discussions of the important topic of information ecology.
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