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Ukraine: Media in a Time of War

Strategic Security Analysis - 2016 n°3

Release Date:

March 2016

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Key Points

  • Ukrainian journalists have been struggling with the question of how to do their jobs during a war in which the media have played an outsized role, and in a historical context that fosters weak standards of journalism.
  • In the context of war, media outlets that are not sufficiently ‘patriotic’ are pressured by state structures, although in 2015 the Ukrainian parliament enacted and the president signed into law legislation to create a more professional media landscape.
  • Faced with such a media environment, a new generation of journalists is trying to train itself and create media outside the current system with professional standards of journalism.
  • The Ukrainian government denounces Russian propaganda as a key cause of the war, but responds in the same way, while media that respect professional standards could have helped Ukraine to avoid or limit the conflict and would be useful for post-war reconstruction.