Zolotukhin: The journalistic community themselves must ‘set a benchmark’ of standards
On 17 September 2018, the Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Dmytro Zolotukhin, took part in a round table titled “Self-Regulation and Standards of Journalism during Electoral Campaigns”, organised by the Institute of Mass Information and Detector Media, NGOs.
According to Mr Zolotukhin, it is not only Ukraine that has been faced with external influence during election campaigns: “The experience of France, Germany, the U.K and the U.S. is a striking example, which we are studying on the eve of Ukrainian political rallies. In these times, the state is confined to few mechanisms, including monitoring and outreach activities. In terms of media regulation, the state factor must be as detached from the processes as possible, not only at the pre-election stage but in general. The journalistic community themselves must ‘set a benchmark’ of standards and respond to challenges collectively.”
Experts from the Institute of Mass Information and Detector Media presented their recommendations on self-regulation and standards of journalism during electoral campaigns for mass media workers.
Earlier, in April, Mr Zolotukhin stressed at the round table “Media Ethics As a Basis for Professional Standards: On Journalism and Pseudojournalism” that observing professional standards is essential to countering disinformation.
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