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Created: 2016.10.14 / Updated: 2016.10.14 15:46

Public discussion on information security was held in Donetsk

A public discussion "Russian propaganda in Eastern Europe and in Donbas: different countries - a common problem" was held on October 6 in Slavyansk (Donetsk region). The event was organized by the NGO "East European Cooperation" (EEC, the Republic of Lithuania) in partnership with the NGO "Donetsk Institute of Information".

A political scientist, Doctor of Social Sciences Nerijus Maliukevičius (Lithuania) participated in the discussion as an international expert, who noted the necessity of the media space carefully study: "We need to know who is the owner of the media, how does the press work, and grasp the line beyond which propaganda begins. And, of course, media literacy. We need to ensure that media literacy is studied as a school subject. It is impossible to survive in the global information space without media literacy. I do not support one formal strategy or ideological strategy of information security. This should work in a complex, without emphasis on particular methods, exclusively in the legal field", - summed up Nerijus Maliukevičius.

Another aspect of the propaganda issues – is the hate speech as the enemy language – clarified Olena Styazhkina, a professor, Doctor of Historical Sciences, and a writer. "The enemy language is based on the fact that the occupied territories are losing information subjectivity. Bypassing all the signs of a critical analysis of memory, we rush to the trauma of occupation and perceive information that we get from there or via the Russian media as close to the truth. Our focus becomes shifted. Instead of taking into account the principles of critical thinking, we are speaking with our own pain; respond to the voices from there as to the evil. Here comes the hate speech. This is a forced practice of the Russian propaganda,"- believes Professor Styazhkina.

An important factor contributing to preservation of tension in the information field in the East of Ukraine is the problem of relaunching the Ukrainian broadcasting in the occupied territories, and distribution of the Russian television content in the controlled areas.

"The situation in the East of Ukraine remains difficult. The region is at the forefront of the information war. Our society will have to overcome a difficult way before we manage to overcome the negative effects of propaganda influence. I hope that our discussion will become one of the assistants-beacons that will help the local representatives of civil society to handle a difficult problem effectively", - summed up Nataliya Kazionnova.

The project is funded by the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.