MIP: Protection of Journalists’ Professional Activities Discussed in Dnipro
On 26 June 2018, a workshop titled ‘Protecting the Professional Activity of Journalists and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine: Countering Impunity’ was held in Dnipro within the framework of the Council of Europe Project ‘Strengthening Freedom of the Media and Establishing a Public Broadcasting System in Ukraine’.
The Head of the Sector for European Integration of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, Liudmyla Vasylenko, presented the mechanism of responding to information on the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalists and Safety of Journalism. She stressed the importance of cooperation between journalists and law enforcement: “Despite different functions and working methods, they constantly come across each other in the discharge of their duties. For each group to achieve their goals, they have to cooperate and understand the scope of obligations and restrictions of each other”.
The participants of the workshop were informed that as of 26 June, 37 alerts had been placed on the Platform regarding Ukraine, all of which had been officially commented by the state. Here is how it looks in practice: the Ministry of Information Policy gathers commentary from law enforcement agencies, including the National Police, the Office of the Prosecutor-General, the Security Service and the Interior Ministry, and formulates a single position of Ukraine with regard to a particular violation. In turn, the Foreign Ministry, according to the information provided by MIP, responds to the alerts on the Platform.
The Head of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, Morten Enberg, commended the work the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine carried out within the framework of cooperation with the Council of Europe and underscored that the Ukrainian mechanism of operative response to alerts is quite effective.
In addition, a multimedia exhibition titled ‘A Dangerous Profession’, organized by MIP and the news agency Ukrinform, took place as part of the workshop. It demonstrates the adroitness and devotion of Ukrainian journalists, who rather often translate their creative ideas in stressful conditions, pushing themselves to the limits while doing their job and putting their lives and health at stake.
The workshop was held at the Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs for investigators and patrol officers of the National Police of Ukraine, prosecutors, district and appeal court judges, members of the civil society and journalists from Zaporizhia, Dnipro, Kirovohrad and Cherkasy Regions. In total, nearly 250 people attended the event.
The workshop featured speeches by the University’s associate professors, international experts from the Council of Europe, media experts and members of the civil society.
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