“For me it is im­por­tant to have solid in­sti­tu­tions that help me ver­ify the news, put in in the con­text and an­a­lyze it”

Jakub Múčka, Di­rec­tor at On­line en­cyk­lo­pe­die mi­grace, con­trib­u­tor to Hl­i­daciPes.org and Ak­tu­alne.cz, Prague

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I read cur­rent news from var­i­ous source. I of­ten use Novoye Vremia and Hro­madske.tv. For me per­son­ally, it is im­por­tant to have solid in­sti­tu­tions that help me ver­ify the news fur­ther on, put in in the con­text and an­a­lyze it. For me, th­ese in­clude 1) in­de­pen­dent me­dia that work as NGOs (Hro­madske.tv) or as public me­dia (I sup­port UA:Per­shiy al­though I fear that politi­cians might block its work by lim­it­ing its bud­get); 2) in­ter­na­tional me­dia work­ing in Ukraine, such as BBC Ukraine or RFE/RL; 3) aca­demic field with ex­perts, in­clud­ing from the Kyiv Mo­hyla Academy and Ukrainian Catholic

Univer­sity, and 4) Ukrainian NGOs and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions that do the mon­i­tor­ing (UN, OSCE, HRW, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, Rean­i­ma­tion Pack­age of Re­forms, and so on).

Czech me­dia of­fer enough in­for­ma­tion about the war, the Rus­sian pro­pa­ganda or the sit­u­a­tion in the oc­cu­pied Crimea. What we lack is anal­y­sis of re­forms and do­mes­tic pol­i­tics in Ukraine, so­cial pro­cesses in the coun­try. Th­ese is­sues are not trans­par­ent and dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand for us. Also, we re­ally lack closer and more in­tense co­op­er­a­tion with Ukrainian jour­nal­ists.

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