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New national security strategy means improving media culture and safety of journalists

16.09.2020, 16:15
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The new National Security Strategy of Ukraine envisages, in particular, raising the level of media culture in society and guaranteeing the safety of journalists while performing one’s professional duties, “Detektor Media” reported.

It shall be noted, on September 14 the president Volodymyr Zelensky approved the new Strategy of national security of Ukraine, which had been passed by Council of national security and defense of Ukraine.

Among current and foreseen threats to Ukraine's national security and national interests the document mentions the following ones:

-a hybrid war, which is being continued by the Russian Federation to restore its influence in Ukraine, using, in particular, information and psychological and cyber means;

-destructive foreign and inside propaganda, which, using social contradictions, incites hostility, provokes conflicts and undermines social unity; it is difficult to neutralize it due to the lack of a comprehensive news national policy and the weakness of the system of strategic communications;

-rapid growth of the role of information technology in all spheres of life.

It is also noted that the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has revealed some crucial problems not only in health and social protection systems, but also in the media sphere.

The strategy proposes various axes of foreign and domestic political activity of the state to guarantee its national interests and security.

The priority tasks of law enforcement, special, intelligence and other state bodies include, among others, an active and effective counteraction to the intelligence and subversive activities, special information operations and cyberattacks, Russian and other subversive propaganda.

It envisages the creation of a system of strategic communications, public discussion of current issues of social development, raising the level of media culture, ensuring the safety of journalists in the performance of professional duties, the development of competition in the provision of information services to the public.

The strategy also envisages a digital transformation and dissemination of digital literacy, development of the cybersecurity system, creation of favorable (in particular, financial) conditions and stimulation of innovations in the media and telecommunication spheres.

The new strategy, unlike the previous one, does not mention information and psychological warfare, abasement of the Ukrainian language and culture, falsification of Ukrainian history, formation by the Russian mass media of an alternative to reality distorted media image of the world. And among the axes of state activity, no priorities of media security implementation are singled out.

The new National Security Strategy should become the basis for the development, in particular, of new Information Security Strategies and Cyber ​​Security Strategies of Ukraine.

The previous National Security Strategy of Ukraine, approved on May 26, 2015, expired.

We will remind, on May 26, 2015 the President Petro Poroshenko approved the preliminary Strategy of national security of Ukraine approved by the National Security and Defense Council. After that, on March 16, 2016, the President approved the Cyber ​​Security Strategy of Ukraine approved by the National Security and Defense Council, and on February 25, 2017, the Doctrine of Information Security of Ukraine approved by the National Security and Defense Council.

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