Dzhaparova: Effective Mass Media Self-Regulation ‘The Most Essential Component of Information Security’
On 24 April 2018, Emine Dzhaparova, the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, and Serhiy Kostynskyi, a member of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting, met with regional mass media workers.
Ms Dzhaparova told the journalists about the work MIP is carrying out in the field of information reintegration of Crimea and Donbas, and presented the results of the recent research of the peculiarities of the conscience and identity of residents of controlled and occupied territories of Donetsk Region, conducted by the Ministry’s order.
“The information reintegration of Crimea and Donbas as the key topic of MIP is carried out on the basis of strategic planning. Among other things, the results of this work are three TV towers, constructed at Mount Karachun, in Chonhar, and in Bakhmutivka. By means of them, Ukraine is present, in particular, on the air in occupied territories. The three key tasks are the improvement of infrastructure and conditions of Ukrainian broadcasting; the blocking of illegal Russian propaganda broadcasting from occupied territories; quality and specialized content for residents of occupied territories. As for the last item, the responsibility for it rests primarily on mass media, and the only way to ensure the fulfilment of this task is effective self-regulation,” the First Deputy Minister said.
Mr Kostynskyi, in his turn, spoke about the issues, including red-tape ones, faced by Ukrainian broadcasters on confrontation lines, and about the work of the National Council towards facilitating their access to terrestrial frequencies.
Earlier, on April 24th, the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine and Donbas Think Tank, an analytical centre, presented the results of the second wave of the sociological research ‘Peculiarities of the Conscience and Identity of Residents of Controlled and Occupied Territories of Donetsk Region’.
According to the research, 42 percent of respondents in controlled territories consider themselves Ukrainian citizens, in comparison to 32 percent in 2016. More than a half (57 percent) respondents admit that they have common culture and traditions with residents of the rest of Ukraine. 72 percent of the residents of occupied territories keep in touch with relatives and friends residing in other regions of Ukraine.
In the meantime, the decline in the level of trust for Ukrainian mass media in controlled territories is observed – in 2016, 30 percent in total either completely or mostly trusted them, while in 2017 the level of total trust fell to 16 percent.