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2019 National Media Talk: Public trust and presidential election content will be at the center of Ukraine’s key media event 

 

PRESS RELEASE

KYIV, UKRAINE (May 22, 2019) – The 2019 National Media Talk will convene [on May 23-24] around 300 Ukrainian media experts, journalists, editors and managers of independent media outlets to talk about solutions to the most urgent and controversial media issues in the country.

The Media Program in Ukraine, a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Internews, is organizing this year’s conference in cooperation with the Independent Association of Broadcasters, Detector Media and the Institute of Mass Information.

In addition to the role the media played during the presidential election campaign, the conference, now in its second year, will focus on what kind of commercial and self-regulatory fixes could be introduced that will build public trust and increase peer pressure for improvements in the media sector.

A group of over 20 media stakeholders representing an array of media watchdogs, media outlets, and national media regulators, contributed to a busy agenda, with 28 expert speakers planned for six thematic discussions. These discussions have been designed to encourage direct interactive conversations between the speakers and participants. Streaming on internet and social media will also be available for a wider audience.

Following welcoming remarks from the USAID Regional Mission Director to Ukraine and Belarus Susan K. Fritz and Internews Country Director Gillian McCormack, the award-winning poet and writer Oksana Zabuzhko will give the keynote speech.

In an interview with the BBC, Zabuzhko said: “Manipulative technologies and communications breed distrust, which is a major problem for our post-information society, where we find ourselves confused in lies.”

Tom Jenen, Managing Director of United for News, an Internews-led coalition with the World Economic Forum, will talk about how to shift commercial advertising away from bad actors and towards reputable news outlets as a way to accomplish two goals: taking support away from fake news and creating a sustainable business model for professional media.

Please, visit the Conference’s website

More on the Facebook page of the 2019 National Media Talk.

Media contacts: For more information and further enquiries, please, contact Sergiy Grytsenko on +38044.334.56.49 or at sgrytsenko@internews.org