MIP: Following Journalistic Standards Essential to Counter Disinformation
On 24 April 2018, a round table ‘Media Ethics As a Basis for Professional Standards: On Journalism and Pseudojournalism’ was held at the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The round table, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the International Information/Communication major, was held with the support of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
The participants discussed the issue of media ethics and media law as compulsory subjects of modern journalistic education, the ethical standards of journalistic activities and the typical cases of derogation therefrom. Attention was also drawn to the issues of self-identification of journalists as experts in media field, of propaganda, and of the expert assessment of journalistic standards.
The Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Dmytro Zolotukhin, noted that fake news emerged not only because of disinformation campaigns but also because of media negligence, a scramble for high ratings and content views. “Since there is no legislation to comprehensively establish responsibility for the dissemination of false information, the following of professional standards, as well as ethical and moral principle, in journalistic activities is essential,” Mr Zolotukhin stressed.
In 2015, when the International Information major was planned to be excluded, MIP, having considered the students’ appeal and the expert opinion of the lecturers, supported their position, thus giving a boost of development to the major. In addition, the Ministry has initiated the introduction of a new branch of knowledge, Communication Studies.
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