12th September 2018
By Tom Law

Professional journalism: survival in times of informational globalization

Workshop: Professional journalism: survival in times of informational globalization

Organiser: Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Date: 12 September 2018

Website: https://osce.org/odihr/hdim

Background: Together with the Kiev’s Institute of Mass Information, the OSCE organised a side event on the topic of “Professional journalism: survival in times of informational globalization” focusing on Ukrainian media. The event takes part alongside the OSCE’s annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM).

The EJN’s Programme Officer, Danica Ilic, participated on behalf of the Ethical Journalism Network, presented the five core values of journalism and discussed with the mostly Ukrainian journalists and leaders of media organisations based in Kiev,  what are the best possible ways to regulate the Ukrainian media space. Solutions raised at the meeting included increasing in self-regulation mechanisms, fact-checking, media-literacy, and solidarity among journalists.

Harlem Desir, the OSCE Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Desir told the meeting:

“Media experts around the world indicate that the growth of challenges in the media sphere are inter alia connected with the spread of “fake news” and disinformation, political pressure on media-owners, lack of media actors’ compliance with ethical standards, growth of populist rhetoric, and the increase of polarizing content on social networks. Professional media outlets have been losing their audience and struggling with today’s new challenges, while non-traditional media outlets and bloggers have been increasingly influencing the agenda. These factors also have a direct influence upon the socio-political processes in Ukraine, which is nearing its presidential and parliamentary elections due in 2019.”

Highlights from the event