‘Ukraine Crisis: Competing for Narrative and Countering Propaganda’

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Event by The Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society

and The British-Ukraine All-Party Parliamentary Group

 Gorchinskaya and Fedchenko

SPEAKERS: 

Katya Gorchinskaya

Deputy Chief Editor, Kyiv Post

Regional Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Yevhen Fedchenko

Director of the Mohyla School of Journalism, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Co-Founder, StopFake.org

TIME: 4.30 – 5.30pm, Wednesday 18th June 2014

VENUE: Committee Room 12, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

To attend please RSVP to:  

Since the Maidan Revolution led to the ousting of the corrupt and autocratic President Viktor Yanukovich, Ukraine has been wrought with crisis. Not only did Russia annex Crimea in early March, but the Kremlin has been destabilising the east of Ukraine since then. On 25th May, Ukraine elected a new President, pro-EU businessman Petro Poroshenko, giving rise to hopes that the crisis may soon end.

But, since its beginning, the Ukrainian crisis has been shaped by conflicting narratives. In tandem with its military operations, Russia has been waging a full-blown information war. The Kremlin’s propaganda machine has not only provoked conflict in the Ukrainian east but has also fooled many in the West. Meanwhile, the Maidan revolution has given a new meaning to Ukrainian journalism and social media.

By kind invitation of John Whittingdale OBE MP, Chair of The British-Ukraine All-Party Parliamentary Group, The Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Katya Gorchinskaya, Deputy Chief Editor at the Kyiv Post and Regional Editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and Yevhen Fedchenko, Director of the Mohyla School of Journalism at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Ms. Gorchinskaya, who is also founder of ‘YanukovychLeaks’ – an organisation dedicated to publishing documents found in Viktor Yanukovich’s abandoned dacha – and Mr. Fedchenko, who is co-founder of www.stopfake-org – a platform that tracks misinformation in the Russian media and on social networks – will offer their ‘behind the scenes’ views on the crisis in Ukraine and their thoughts on the country’s future.

Biographies

Katya Gorchinskaya is an accomplished Ukrainian journalist who has been Deputy Chief Editor of Ukraine’s leading English-language newspaper, the Kyiv Post, since 2008. Ms. Gorchinskaya is also the Regional Editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a non-profit network of investigative journalism centres, and a regular contributing reporter with The Wall Street Journal. Her work is widely cited in western media reporting on Ukraine’s current political crisis. She is also a sought-after commentator at conferences and international and local television programmes on Ukraine’s politics and current affairs. Her varied journalistic experience includes hosting a television programme, Free People, devoted primarily to economic issues. 

Yevhen Fedchenko is co-founder of the fact-checking website StopFake.org and Director of the Mohyla School of Journalism and Head of the Ph.D. Programme in Mass Communications at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine. He has spent almost 20 years in the media industry, covering international stories for different types of media. He was co-founder of the Digital Future of Journalism programme for journalists and Digital Media for Universities Internet journalism curriculum development programme. He teaches courses in international news production and factual programming production. His main interests are digital journalism and innovations, journalism education in transitional societies, news standards, and coverage of international politics in media. He has contributed his comments to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), BBC, NPR, Public Radio International, Radio Canada International, CBC, and Mashable.

About the Russia Studies Centre

The Russia Studies Centre is a research and advocacy unit operating within The Henry Jackson Society dedicated to analysing contemporary political developments and promoting human rights and political liberty in the Russian Federation. The Centre is headed by Dr. Andrew Foxall.

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