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Media Literacy: “Propagandarium” Exhibition Opens in Kramatorsk 

 May 23 Internews Ukraine, a Ukrainian non-profit organization and our long-standing partner, has opened an interactive exhibition called “Propagandarium” in Kramatorsk, in Donetsk region, where visitors will be able to check their resistance to disinformation in a “propaganda room” and get acquainted with an “anti-fake doctor” with the nickname Pihulko (pill).

In an entertaining format, the exhibition will demonstrate that media literacy now is just as important in everyone’s lives as using a computer. The exhibition displays a wide array of propaganda, in the form of text, visual arts, audio and video.

The “Propagandarium” works in the format of a game for visitors. The exhibition is designed as an interactive game. They are greeted by a fictional doctor called Pihulko, a specialist in disinformation who is able to recognize even the most plausible fake, who measures the level of “kiselovs” (a reference to well-known Russian TV propagandist Dmitry Kiselov) he detects in the visitors’ blood by asking several questions about Russian propaganda. Depending on the degree to which the “patient” is susceptible to propaganda, the doctor prescribes fake pills or media-vitamins. After passing through the exhibition the visitors receive Propagandarium stickers and T-shirts.

Dmytro Zolotukhin, deputy minister of information policy of Ukraine, Ihor Stokoz, deputy head of Donetsk Regional State Administration, and Volodymyr Yermolenko, director of European projects at Internews Ukraine, delivered opening remarks at the launch of the exhibit.

The “Propagandarium” will run in Kramatorsk until June 12, from10:00am-6:00pm, except Mondays, and then the exhibition will move to Odesa from June 18 to July 8, and Zaporizhzhia from July 16 to August 6.

Photos: K. Bohuslavska