Minister for Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko revealed the essence of the concept of the Center for Counteraction Disinformation that was called by the journalists 'the ministry of propaganda' as BBC reported.
“Within the state enterprise subordinated to the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, a little group of people will hold monitoring, issuing of information, provision of information to society. They will monitor everything that threatens the information security of Ukraine,” Tkachenko noted.
He specified that mentioned media experts will monitor at the mass media the Russian influence, messages, rhetoric, information misrepresent as truth. The minister supposes that Russia by contrast with many other democratic countries has clear stovepipes of rhetoric that is broadcasted by its state public figures and media. According to Tkachenko, in Ukraine, such information should be gathered to fight it; provide information to society and show the ways it is broadcasted.
“For example, we think about the creation of an online museum of the Russian aggression where people would be able to know about it and read about the ways of its spread. It will be a separate website; it will be launched in March,” Tkachenko said.
He noted that the budget of this project would be moderate in comparison with the media center in Latvia. Meanwhile, Tkachenko is not concerned about the fact that such a structure might be called the ‘ministry of propaganda in Ukrainian society. The minister is sure that his center will become the first element of the international hub that fights against disinformation.
The idea of fighting disinformation is announced by the Culture Ministry, not for the first time. The ministry presented the bill aiming for the regulation of the media sphere in Ukraine and fighting fakes through sanctions was presented when Volodymyr Borodyansky headed the structure.
Earlier, the Ministry of Culture told about the bill that will regulate the media sphere in Ukraine: in particular, how they will fight fake news, what should be the format of news and responsibility for disinformation.
Later, then Minister of Culture Volodymyr Borodyansky, commenting on the ministry's initiative to regulate the media sphere in Ukraine, assured that freedom of speech in Ukraine would not suffer.
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir expressed concern and criticized the Ukrainian bill on the fight against disinformation.