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Center for countering disinformation to be launched in March - Ukrinform

16.02.2021, 15:04
Photo credit: Oleksander Tkachenko's Facebook page
Photo credit: Oleksander Tkachenko's Facebook page
The Center for Countering Disinformation will start operating in Ukraine in March, according to Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko, as Ukrinform reported.

“Our first initiative concerns the creation of a center for counteracting disinformation, which will primarily, in cooperation with other Ukrainian organizations, oppose Russian propaganda. Now the selection of the team is underway and the concept is being approved. We hope that this center will start working in March,” Tkachenko said at the opening of the international online seminar "Responding to Disinformation: European Practices and Standards", an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

According to Tkachenko, the ministry is cooperating with Latvian colleagues in the field of strategic communications, as well as with a similar center in the European Union and Finland.

The minister noted that the Culture and Information Policy Ministry, together with the Education Ministry and the Digital Transformation Ministry, is working on a media literacy project. "Moving in these two areas in cooperation with the National Security and Defense Council, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, the Foreign Ministry, the Digital Transformation Ministry, we hope to respond in the near future to the challenges posed by Russian propaganda," he said.

Tkachenko also added that the Culture and the Information Policy Ministry is planning to work with fact-checking organizations to create a common platform so that it could be possible not only to detect fakes and manipulations, but also to counteract them with the help of positive Ukrainian narratives.


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