Zolotukhin: Media Education 'Part of Tackling Disinformation Problem'
On 20 April 2018, the VI International Scientific and Practical Conference on Media Education and Media Literacy, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine together with the Academy of Ukrainian Press. The Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Dmytro Zolotukhin, participated in the plenary session ‘State Priorities of Developing Media Literacy: Quo Vadis?’
In his speech, the Deputy Minister noted that for the media literacy of the population to raise, it is necessary to check with the specificities of target audiences which consume information. “Everyone agrees they need new knowledge on content consuming, but no one has time for that. Although the state has no instruments to persuade adults into self-education in the field of media literacy, we can and must ensure media education not only at secondary schools but also before school, with due regard to the time when children get their hands over a phone with Internet access for the first time,” Zolotukhin said.
The Deputy Minister stressed that media education is one of the components of tackling the disinformation problem. “However, it is impossible only by means of media literacy to put an end to the dissemination of fake news produced by questionable experts - this is the matter of media credibility and the commitment to journalistic standards,” he added.
Earlier, on 2 February 2018, Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Dmytro Zolotukhin gave a public lecture ‘Introducing Media Literacy and Information Security Technologies in the Educational System’ at Poltava Regional Institute of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education named after M.V. Ostrogradsky.
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