Public broadcaster and Independent media council signed Memorandum on cooperation
On November 20, Zurab Alasania, chairman of the board of the Public Broadcaster, and Antonina Cherevko, chairman of the Independent Media Council (IMC), signed a memorandum of cooperation, as NPTU reported on its site.
Thus, the Independent Media Council has committed itself to provide an expert support for programs broadcast on TV channels and digital platforms.
The IMC as well is to take all possible measures to protect the independence of Public Broadcasting from political, financial and other forms of pressure the broadcaster faces, while respecting high standards of journalism, non-accepting jeansa and establishing public dialogue to strengthen public confidence.
According to the text of the memorandum, the Public broadcaster is going to appeal to the Independent Media Council, in case if its broadcasting production contain some unbalanced, biased elements or discriminative ones, or if there are reasonable doubts about the product's compliance with Ukrainian law or recognized international standards in the field of freedom of expression and human rights in general.
The Public Broadcaster will also try to take into account the recommendations and conclusions of the Independent Media Council on particularly sensitive topics.
According to Zurab Alasania, the Public Broadcaster proved that unbiased and transparent mass media can be real in Ukraine.
“At the same time, we need the support of both society and the media community. So the memorandum signed with the Independent Media Council is an important step to continue the course of the Public as an independent media and protected from any political pressure, "Zurab Alasania commented.