On 7 September 2020 the coalition of civil society organisations with the support of the Project “European Union and Council of Europe working together to support freedom of media in Ukraine” is launching the monitoring of media coverage of 2020 local elections in Ukraine.
The aim of the monitoring is to inform the society on the media coverage during the electoral campaign as well as to boost the discussion with regard to objectivity and quality of work of media on coverage of the elections and to promote their compliance with international standards and best practices on freedom of expression and independence of media. In addition, the results of the monitoring will contribute to a fairer and more impartial coverage of the electoral process in Ukraine in general, as well as to important changes and improvements in the coverage of future elections.
The monitoring will cover the period of 5 September - 25 October 2020. During this period 20 media monitoring specialists and 5 experts will analyse the content of local socio-political online-media with the biggest audience in 12 regions of Ukraine, namely in Zakarpattia, Rivne, Chernivtsi, Lviv, Volyn, Chernigiv, Sumy, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia, Kyiv regions as well as in the separate territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions which are under control of Ukrainian government.