January 5 – In “What are Ukraine’s Media Literacy Achievements in 2021, and What Should Be Done Next Year?” Detector Media journalist Olha Betsa interviewed leading experts about the state of media literacy in Ukraine.
- Oksana Moroz (founder of the initiative “How not to become a vegetable”) said Ukraine did not make any progress in 2021 in terms of raising the level of citizens’ media literacy and critical thinking, and the country will not see improvements for two to three years if global challenges persist. She suggested a broad information campaign in 2022 about the Institute of Mass Information’s Whitelist of media outlets (supported by USAID’s Media Program in Ukraine), which promotes high quality local media outlets to advertisers to help revenue-starved media attract more programmatic ad buys. Informing people about whitelisted media would be a significant step forward in helping consumers increase their resilience to disinformation.
- Tetiana Troshchyntska (chief editor, Hromadske Radio) said the corporate practices implemented by Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube to delete disinformation from their platforms were important. She called for more investment in factchecking in 2022.
- Maryna Dorosh (program manager, Learn to Discern, IREX) praised factcheckers’ work in 2021, and talked about the importance of analyzing Kremlin narratives, including those in social media. She said coordinating factcheckers with state institutions is vital, especially with the Center for Strategic Communications (under the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy).
- Oksana Volosheniuk (manager of media education projects, Academy of Ukrainian Press) said in 2021 countering infodemia (misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic) was just as important as the fight against disinformation in the effort to protect Ukraine’s information security. Volosheniuk suggested focusing on coordinating stakeholders’ platforms in 2022 to unite efforts in countering disinformation.
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