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IMI expert Olena Golub elected secretary of Independent Media Council

27.01.2020, 15:10
Photo credit: Ukrinform
Photo credit: Ukrinform

Olena Golub, head of the IMI monitoring department, was elected Secretary of the Independent Media Council (IMC, independent public body that considers contentious media issues). The decision was approved by the Independent Media Council’s members on January 24, following the results of the vote.

Taras Shevchenko, director of the Center for Democracy and Rule of Law (CEDEM), was elected chairman of the Independent Media Council (IMC). Pavlo Moyseyev, director of Internews-Ukraine Legal Affairs, was elected as the second Secretary.

Taras Shevchenko replaced Natalya Ligacheva, head of the Detector Media, who resigned as head of the board in December 2019.

The management board of the Independent Media Council will serve for two years, and then the chairman and secretaries will be re-elected. The decision is to be approved by a majority of the IMC members.

“The Independent Media Council is an example of a successful, self-regulatory organization whose experts work on a public basis. It is a rather unique expert body, the conclusions of which are used by the state regulator. That is, despite the fact that the IMC’s decisions have no legal force, they are significant. For me, the main goal of IMC is to improve the content of the Ukrainian mass media by responding to complaints and issuing recommendations for the mass media, ” Olena Golub said.

It should be reminded that the Independent Media Council is a permanent public monitoring and advisory body, created with the aim of establishing high professional standards of journalism and for objective consideration of controversial issues arising in the media landscape of Ukraine.

The Council considers controversial situations regarding non-compliance with media law, international standards for media coverage, and violations of journalistic ethics. In addition to expert opinions on resolving conflicts, the IMC provides recommendations for authorities and other interested parties to improve their regulation in the media field.

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