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Meeting of Ukraine’s President with Civil Society Representatives 

January 17 Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, met with civil society representatives to discuss anti-corruption reform, e-declarations for anti-corruption activists, and countering fake and misinformation on the legislative level, among other topics.

During the meeting, Oksana Romaniuk, the Institute of Mass Information’s executive director, passed a statement to the president listing the media sector’s key issues requiring the president’s political power to solve them. Among those are investigations into the murders of journalists Pavlo Sheremet and Vyacheslav Veremiy, public broadcaster support, elimination of impunity for attacks on journalists, and media reform implementation.

Natalia Ligacheva, head of Detector Media, requested proper financing for the National Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) Company.

In response, President Poroshenko promised to pay special attention and take all possible measures to punish the culprits in a recent attack on “Schemes” investigative television program journalists as they filmed the wedding of Lutsenko’s (prosecutor general of Ukraine) son. He also agreed to support media reforms and, in particular, the adoption of the audiovisual law and amendments to the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine as part of implementing the judicial procedures’ principle of transparency and openness. Additionally, Poroshenko promised to support proper financing of the public broadcaster.

More on Detector Media in Ukrainian.

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