The Center for Journalistic Investigations (CIJM) team recently met with a group of Ukrainian journalists who have temporarily relocated to Romania due to the Russian Federation's war in Ukraine. During the meeting, they discussed common problems in both countries and potential areas of collaboration between Moldovan and Ukrainian journalists. This visit by Ukrainian journalists to Chisinau was organized in coordination with CFI (Paris) and received financial support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The local partner for the project is RFI Romania.
Discussions with Ukrainian colleagues primarily focused on the activities carried out by CIJM journalists and the current topics they are investigating. The Ukrainian journalists, currently based in Bucharest, continue to contribute to publications in Ukraine. They specialize in economic subjects, environmental and ecological issues, with one of them being a war correspondent.
Another key topic of discussion was the fight against propaganda and disinformation, which persist in the media landscape of both countries. The participants also explored potential mechanisms to counter these dangerous phenomena. Yevheniia Podobna emphasized the presence of propaganda and its impact on people. She noted that Telegram has become an important platform for spreading false information in Ukraine.
CIJM members shared insights into their investigations concerning Russian sources of disinformation and propaganda operating in the Republic of Moldova, including within the Gagauz autonomy during the electoral campaign for the election of the bashkan. More information on this topic can be found in their investigations, titled: "Brainwashing" of Gagauzia: Who is protecting the Russian propaganda channels, Bashkaniada: The Russian offensive for the leadership in the Gagauz autonomy, "Matryoshkas" of Russian propaganda in the Republic of Moldova: puppets and puppeteers, The “nine lives” of TV channels of Shor and PRSM parties, Meta and mega-propagandistic games on Facebook.
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