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Verkhovna Rada asks world journalists to tell Russian media to stop spinning lies about Ukraine

17.06.2014, 22:59

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine asks the international journalist community to remind Russian journalists about observance of the rules of journalist professional ethics, as well as to recommend representatives of media outlets to offer reliable, unbiased, and verified information about Ukraine. The Verkhovna Rada approved this appeal to international journalist organizations on June 17 by Parliamentary Decree No. 4026a "On Appeal of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to International Federation of Journalists, European Federation of Journalists, Association of European Journalists, International Organization "Reporter Without Borders", International Olympic Committee concerning informational and psychological aggression perpetrated by Russian Federation media outlets against Ukraine".

The appeal states that the Russian Federation is conducting nothing less than a coordinated and targeted informational war against Ukraine. In particular, to manipulate the public opinion in Ukraine and other countries Russian media keep proliferating incomplete, false, and biased information about Ukraine.

Such misinformation serves to demoralize both the Ukrainian population and the Ukrainian military and promote a distorted perception of the events that are taking place.   

The Verkhovna Rada encourages the international journalist community to show their solidarity with Ukraine in its fight to protect its sovereignty. 

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