For decades, the media landscape in Ukraine has been dynamic and critical to the development of the Ukrainian nation, with top voices from independent media and oligarch-controlled organizations consistently setting the agenda. But since Russia’s February 24 full-scale invasion, Ukraine’s many television news stations have combined into one central channel to provide critical information to a nation under siege. While the benefits of keeping Ukrainians informed during wartime are clear, watchdogs warn of new censorship issues, a lack of politically diverse voices, and the need for Ukraine’s vibrant independent media to get the financial support it needs to weather the war.
What is the state of Ukraine’s media landscape and how has a full-scale invasion changed a modern news ecosystem? With advertising revenue vanishing, what does Ukraine’s independent news media need to stay afloat? What are the dangers being faced by Ukraine’s courageous journalists as they work to keep the world informed of the horrors Russian forces are inflicting on Ukraine’s civilians?
Melinda Haring, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates a conversation with Michael Bociurkiw, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, Sevgil Musayeva, chief editor of Ukrayinska Pravda, Marichka Padalko, journalist and anchor for 1+1 TV, Olga Rudenko, chief editor of the Kyiv Independent, and Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
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The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.