21 June 2017

Agenda for Media Reforms in the Eastern Partnership Countries

A New Diplomacy roundtable to address reform of public service and independent media

Time & Date: 11.30-14.00, Wednesday 5 July 2017 (coffee from 11.15, sandwich lunch included)
Venue: Conference Room, Gintama Hotel, 9 Trekhsvyatytelska Street, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01001
(five minutes' walk/400 metres from Independence Square – www.gintama.com.ua)
Languages: English and Ukrainian (simultaneous interpretation provided)

Space is limited. Attendance by confirmation only. Please RSVP to: kyiv@newdiplomacy.net

AGENDA FOR MEDIA REFORMS: What priority steps can be taken, and by whom, to:
strengthen the sustainability of new and existing independent media outlets?
establish and ensure the editorial independence and high-quality, balanced news programming of public service broadcasters?
raise the quality of news reporting and editorial and production standards at national and regional levels?
counter disinformation through winning audience loyalty through combining quality programming with accurate, balanced, and inspiring news reporting

Participants: International media experts from Eastern Partnership countries and the EU, including:
Krzysztof Bobinski, President, Unia a Polska Foundation/co-Founder, New Diplomacy (moderator)
Тetyana Honcharova, TV and radio presenter, Era FM, Ukraine
Rita Ruduša, Executive Director, Baltic Centre for Media Excellence, Latvia
Zurab Alasania, Director General, Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine
Hrihoriy Shverk, MP, Member of Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy, Ukraine
Heiko von Debschitz, Adviser, International Relations Department, ZDF Television, Germany
Oles Doniy, Chairman, Art Association “Last Barricade", TV presenter, Ukraine
Boris Navasardyan, President, Yerevan Press Club, Armenia
Daria Yurovskaya, Director of Programmes, Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine
Oleksiy Mustafin, General Producer, News Department, Ukraine Channel
Ehtel Halliste, Communications Expert, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership
Dmytro Khilchenko, Director, Digital Platforms, Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine
Olena Solodovnikova, New Diplomacy Fellow, and Reporter, Road Control newspaper, and Force-news.com, Ukraine
Emin Milli, Director, Meydan TV, Germany/Azerbaijan
➢ Tatiana Kotyuzhynskaya, President, Ukrainian Association of Media Lawyers
➢ Natia Kuprashvili, Executive Director, Georgian Association of Regional Broadcasters
➢ Andriy Kulakov, Program Director, Internews Ukraine
➢ Tetyana Popova, Strategic Communications expert, NGO "Information Security", Ukraine
➢ Sergei Komlach, Senior Project Co-ordinator, Euroradio, Poland/Belarus
➢ Olha Vyazenko, Special Correspondent, TV channel 1+1, Ukraine
➢ Celia Davies, Strategy & Communications Manager, Meydan TV, Germany/Azerbaijan
➢ Taras Semenyuk, Founder, short.media, Ukraine
➢ Kyryl Loukerenko, Editor-in-Chief, Hromadske Radio, Ukraine
➢ Oleksander Buzyuk, Hromadske Radio, Ukraine
➢ Jeff Lovitt, Founder and Chair, New Diplomacy

New Diplomacy aims to contribute to raising the standards of reporting and to increase sharing of knowledge and news reporting skills across Eastern Partnership countries, and through the New Diplomacy Eastern Partnership Journalism Fellowship has in 2016/2017 placed journalists from Georgia and Ukraine in EU countries for five weeks in a placement in leading international broadcast or print media in those countries, such as German media, ZDF public television and Spiegel Online. The programme is supported by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

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