On July 18, Taras Shevchenko, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, and Ganna Krasnostup, Head of Information Policy and Information Security Department of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, met with Chiara Dezzi, UNESCO Representative in Ukraine, and Theresa Chorbacher, UNESCO Project Officer in Ukraine. During the meeting, the parties discussed issues related to establishing cooperation in the information sphere, particularly focusing on media literacy.
During the meeting, the parties discussed a range of important issues concerning cooperation between UNESCO and Ukraine. In particular, the participants considered the issue of creating favorable conditions for journalists to work in Ukraine. They also had an in-depth discussion on collaborative plans for implementing the National Media Literacy Project called “Filter”. An essential aspect of the discussion was the implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On Media”.
Taras Shevchenko emphasized media literacy as a priority area of activity for the MCIP and outlined strategies for its development. He also drew attention to the information security strategy, which encompasses seven strategic objectives implemented by the MCIP. This strategy not only addresses the fight against disinformation, but also focuses on guaranteeing the freedom and safety of Ukrainian journalists and ensuring communication in occupied and de-occupied territories.
“The work of the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security is focused on countering external threats, unifying the efforts of the state and civil society organizations to counter disinformation, and providing swift responses to fakes while promoting Ukrainian narratives. Additionally, at the international level, we are initiating a meeting in the format of “Information Ramstein”, involving ministers, to discuss the challenges of wartime and to establish a unified information front among allied countries. This initiative aims not only at coordinating international efforts to counter propaganda, but also supporting independent Ukrainian media,” said Taras Shevchenko.
In addition, one of the main topics raised during the meeting was gender equality and combating stereotypes. The parties acknowledged the importance of highlighting these issues in the media and emphasized the significance of countering all forms of stereotypes.
The participants of the meeting expressed gratitude for the constructive discussion and agreed to continue their further cooperation.