The most part of stories having characteristics of commissioned ones have been revealed in Poltava (107 jeansa stories during the week of 19th of November) and Lviv (89 jeansa stories during the same period) online media outlets.
The less part of jeansa has been found out in online mass media of Uzhgorod during the week of 19th of November. Such conclusions are made by the content monitoring of the online mass media in 10 regions of Ukraine fulfilled by the NGO Institute of Mass Information with support of Council of Europe project “Strengthening freedom of media, access to information and reinforcing public broadcasting system in Ukraine”.
At the average, only 4% of the online news in the regional press have some characteristics of commissioned stories, so called jeansa. Compared to the last pre-election period in Autumn of 2015 (15% of jeansa), one could say that the election campaign did not start yet in the regions at the moment of the monitoring.
The principal sponsors of stories with characteristics of jeansa are the regional and district state administrations (40% of stories). The most frequently the local authorities were covered in a positive light by mass media of Dnipro (59% of stories) and of Kharkiv (52%).
Moreover, 9% of stories having characteristics of being politically sponsored in the regional online mass media covered activity of the Opposition bloc, 8% of stories covered Opposition platform and Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB).
The ratio of political and commercial sponsored stories in the regional online mass media was 60% to 40% respectively, which is indicating the feeble activity of national politicians at the regional level.
This monitoring was fulfilled in 10 regions of: Vinnytsya, Lviv, Poltava, Kherson, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Zaorizhzhya, Odesa, Uzhgorod and Mariupol. The survey covered all the stories published in online mass media during the week between the 19th and the 25th of November 2018. In each region the experts analyzed 5 popular local news web-sites.