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Ukraine creates Center for Countering Disinformation: What is this?

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

The body will provide an opportunity to rebuff the disinformation that exists on the territory of Ukraine from the Russian Federation
11:22, 16 March 2021

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Following the meeting of March 11, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov announced the creation in Ukraine of the Center for Countering Disinformation, which in the journalistic environment has already been called the "Ministry of Propaganda".

"By the decision of the NSDC, the Center was created. It will start working from next Tuesday (March 16, - ed.) And will be located in the situation center of the NSDC apparatus, which is on Bankova Street," Danilov said.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov
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According to him, the Center will provide an opportunity "to rebuff the disinformation that exists on the territory of Ukraine from the Russian Federation." What other goals are set for the newly created body - read further in our material.

Center’s history

Based on the words of President Zelensky, he personally initiated the creation of the Center for Countering Disinformation.

"At the United Nations, I spoke (meaning Zelensky's speech at the debates of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly in September 2020, - ed.) with the initiative to create a Center for Countering Disinformation in Ukraine," Zelensky stated a few days ago, speaking at the "Ukraine 30" forum.

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The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy worked on the creation of the Center. As Taras Shevchenko, the deputy head of the department said, the project is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Culture and work on it has been going on for several months.

Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko in an interview he gave to the Ukrainian BBC service in mid-February noted that the budget for this project would be small compared to a similar media center in Latvia.

When BBC journalists, in a conversation with the head of the Ministry of Culture, expressed their fear that in Ukrainian society someone might call the Center "the Ministry of Propaganda", Tkachenko said that this was "garbage." He expressed the hope that the initiative will become the first element of an international hub that will fight disinformation.

Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak, in turn, assured that the newly created body will not be a political institution.

Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak
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"This body will not be political. The President will exercise the necessary control and closely monitor the activities," Yermak said.

What will the Center do?

"Within the framework of the state enterprise subordinated to the Ministry of Culture, there will be a small group of people who will be engaged in monitoring, publishing information, informing the public. They will monitor everything that threatens the information security of Ukraine," minister Tkachenko says.

Ukraine's Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko
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At the same time, NSDC Secretary Danilov, reporting on the establishment of the Center on March 11, noted that it would function on the basis of the National Security and Defense Council.

“The Center will involve representatives of our intelligence community, relevant ministries, and departments, and we will be able to rebuff the disinformation that is on the territory of Ukraine from the Russian Federation,” the NSDC secretary said.

Geographically, the Center will be located in the situational center of the NSDC apparatus, which is on Bankova Street. The leader will be appointed by the President by his decree.

The center will coordinate the activities of various branches of government, in particular, the Ministry of Culture, the Institute for Strategic Studies, and, as noted by the deputy head of the executive committee of reforms, Oleksandr Olshansky, special services will be involved and monitoring units will be created.

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