MIP: Freedom of Speech, Media Field Development Discussed in Kyiv
On 6 June 2019, a round table titled “Freedom of Speech in Ukraine: Challenges and Possible Solutions” was held at the press centre of the Ukrinform news agency.
The speakers discussed key challenges and priorities in the media field; the current issues of legislative regulation and instruments for improving freedom of speech in Ukraine; and the results of reforming the state and communal press.
“Information warfare is ongoing. We often say that it is akin to radiation: we do not see it, but it has a rather destructive impact. Cognitive warfare is underrated since people mostly focus on cybersecurity,” said Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine.
However, she stressed, even against the backdrop of information warfare, the Ministry has not turned into an authority suppressing the media, since it believes that freedom of speech and the truth are the best weapon.
In turn, the State Secretary of the Ministry, Artem Bidenko, pointed out that Ukraine is an active member of the Council of Europe platform for the protection of journalism and safety of journalists.
“We are in the top five states who best react to freedom of speech violations. As of now, there are 46 cases regarding Ukraine, of which 7 have been resolved and 39 have been responded to, and we look forward to them being resolved in the near future,” he said.
Other speakers at the discussion included representatives of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy, the National Police of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the State Committee on Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine, the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine, the Commission on Journalistic Ethics and the Institute of Mass Information, an NGO, and members of the civil society and international organisations.
The round table was organised by the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine in cooperation with the Council of Europe project “Strengthening freedom of media, access to information and reinforcing public broadcasting system in Ukraine” and the Institute of Mass Information, an NGO.
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