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Disinformation and the role of media in Ukraine

The Ukrainian media landscape and the fight against fake news were discussed at Norway House in Brussels on November 23, the day Ahead of the Eastern Partnership Summit.

On November 23, Norway’s Mission to the EU, in partnership with the Estonian Center for Eastern Partnership and the Ukraine Crisis Media Center hosted the seminar «An Uncomfortable Truth: The Role of the Media in the Shaping Public Opinion in EU and Eastern Partnership Countries».

More than 70 participants from EU institutions, diplomatic missions, civil society and the media attended the event, which was financed through the EEA and Norway Grants.

Current media challenges

Media and strategic communications experts presented recent research and real-world cases from the front lines of Ukraine’s information war. In three panel debates, participants discussed challenges in the Ukrainian media landscape, the influence of Russian disinformation campaigns and the status of Ukraine’s associations- and trade agreements with the EU.  

The Ukrainian panellists included representatives from:

  • Ukraine Crisis Media Center
  • Hybrid Warfare Analytical group
  • National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine
  • Institute of Mass Information
  • National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine
  • Ukrainian Center for European Policy
  • European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
  • Yevropeiske Pravda

The EUs External Action Service participated with representatives from EastStratcom Task Force.

Eastern Partnership

The seminar took place the day before the EU’s Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels on November 24. The Eastern Partnership brings together the EU and six countries in the east: Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Norway does not participate in the Eastern partnership, but cooperates with the six countries and shares the priorities of the EU.