Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko supported the Council of Europe resolution on the safety of journalists during the conference “Artificial Intelligence - Intelligent politics. Challenges and Opportunities of the Media and Democracy ” conducted by the Secretariat of the Council of Europe (Nicosia, Cyprus). This event is a top event of the Council of Europe for ministers responsible for information policy and media. This time the event took place online.
During a ministerial roundtable on 11 June, Oleksandr Tkachenko said that the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy had set up a working group with the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, the National Police of Ukraine and civil society organizations to monitor the effectiveness of which were sent to the Platform of the Council of Europe to promote the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists.
"The safety of journalists is one of the key priorities of the state, as it is a guarantee of freedom of speech. That is why Ukraine supports all the efforts of the Council of Europe to solve the problems related to this sphere. We assure you that we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety of journalists and other media. We express our support for the resolution," Oleksandr Tkachenko stressed.
The Minister added that despite all the efforts of the Council of Europe, arbitrariness and violations of the rights of journalists in Belarus and the Russian Federation continue. Therefore, it is necessary to apply more stringent tools of protection.
The event is held for the first time since the break since 2013.
After a series of discussions, a final declaration and four resolutions are planned for approval on 11 June, in the context of the theme of the event. It should be recalled that the first day of the conference on June 10 was dedicated to thematic debates.