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Internews Partners Discuss Ukraine’s Media Focus on Reforms

May 23 – The Internews-led U-Media program has organized a brainstorming session to discuss our partners’ joint efforts to provide Ukrainians with better quality and unbiased information on reforms.

All this aims at increasing the public support to the reform process in the country. Nineteen representatives from national and regional media organizations participated in the meeting, including Yulia Mostova, editor-in-chief of the Weekly Mirror; Iryna Solomko, press officer of the Reanimation Package of Reforms; Valeriy Ivanov, president of the Academy of Ukrainian Press; Svitlana Yeremenko, executive director of the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy; and Oleg Oganov, director of the Mykolayiv Center for Investigative Reporting, among others.

Iryna Bekeshkina, director of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, presented “Horrors and Hopes of Ukrainians,” summarizing a series of public opinion surveys depicting attitudes to reforms in Ukraine. One of the key survey findings is that Ukrainians are worried about the lack of economic growth and absence of court verdicts against corrupt officials.

Kostyantyn Kvurt, chair of the Internews-Ukraine Board, a Ukrainian NGO and the Internews’ long-standing partner, introduced a new USAID-supported Reform Communications Program in Ukraine project. The program is administered jointly by the Polish non-governmental organization Ecorys and Internews-Ukraine.

The brainstorming discussion revealed information gaps on reform coverage and Ukrainians’ general information needs, and allowed participants to share their experience about awareness campaigns on reforms.