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Monitoring of the media coverage of the May 2014 presidential election in Ukraine

 
Countrie  

Ukraine

Implementation  

Council of Europe

Duration  

2 months (5 May 2014  30 June 2014)

Total project funds received
 

95 000

Overall objective  

To contribute to a fair and balanced media coverage of the presidential election.

Specific objective
 

To monitor the media coverage of the May 2014 presidential election campaign as provided by the state-funded broadcaster, 7 national, commercial and 46 regional TV channels, 6 national and 55 regional print newspapers, 4 radio stations, and 51 Internet sites

Partners

ANGO "Spilnyi Prostir – ASP/Equal Access Committee”, NGO “Telekritika”, international expert Rastislav Kužel

Target groups

Representatives of public-service broadcasting systems, NGOs, media professionals and journalists

Final beneficiaries

Media professionals, civil society

 

In the framework of “Cooperation with Ukraine – Immediate measures package” (ODGProg/Inf (2014)7), the media cooperation section monitored and provided feedback on the media coverage of the May 2014 presidential election campaign encompassing the state-funded broadcaster, 7 national, commercial and 46 regional TV channels, 6 national and 55 regional print newspapers, 4 radio stations, and 51 Internet sites.

 

The monitoring of the media coverage of the presidential election in Ukraine was implemented by Rastislav Kužel, international expert, Executive Director of the Slovak media monitoring organisation MEMO 98 in Bratislava, Slovakia, and a participant in the World Movement for Democracy.

Rastislav Kužel has impressive experience of running media monitoring within dozens of OSCE/ODIHR election observation missions.  He worked in Ukraine since 2004 and is familiar with the context and challenges. In 2012 he was involved in media monitoring project in Ukraine as a core international expert and coach for national monitors. He co-ordinated the monitors’ work, set the framework for monitoring reports and did quality check of the reports. He also contributed as a speaker to all the public events related to monitoring findings promoting CoE standards as well as project outputs for domestic audiences and international election observation missions.

 

Further to the consultation of Council of Europe Office in Kyiv and the advice of the selected international expert, two organisational partners have been selected by common agreement.

  • Association "Spilnyi Prostir – ASP/Equal Access Committee”, an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes the values of freedom and democracy and is familiar with the methodology used by the Slovak media monitoring organisation MEMO. Association "Spilnyi Prostir - ASP"/Equal Access Committee focused on implementing national and regional monitoring of mass media in Kyiv and 24 Ukrainian regions.

  • Organisation “Telekritika”, independent, non-profit organisation, magazine and an online platform for media professionals, Council of Europe’s partner within the project “Integration of European Standards in the Ukrainian Media Environment”. “Telekritika” provided in-depth monitoring of the National Television Company of Ukraine (covering 97% of the territory also via its regional channels).

 

Activities organised within the project:

  • Press conference The role of the Ukrainian and Russian mass media in the 2014 Presidential election campaign” was held on Friday, May 23rd at news agency UNIAN before the first round of the early Presidential election scheduled for May 25th.

  • Post-election Media Round Table Media-monitoring: evaluation, challenges and forward-looking solutions” was held on Friday 6th June in the premises of the Ukrinform Agency.

 

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