Watch the public recording with journalists from Kiev, Kharkov and Mariupol


More than two years have passed since the outbreak of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. These events not only challenged the post-Cold War European security order, but also brought the fundamental role of media into sharp focus. Manipulation of information and biased reporting has been a significant feature of the conflict.

In an effort to raise public awareness about how the media landscape changed since Maidan and what kind of challenges are associated with Russian disinformation campaign, in late May PSSI organized a public discussion with 3 Ukrainian journalists/ activists.

You can watch the public recording here.

Among the speakers were:

  • Roman Shutov, Program Director at Detector Media and Telekritika, Kiev, Ukraine ( 
  • Natalia Shuga, Head of the NGO Kharkiv Crisis Infocenter, Kharkov, Ukraine (
  • Ivan Syniepalov, Head of Gramadske TV of Azov, Mariupol, Ukraine (

The debate was moderated by Ondřej Soukup, journalist and former Moscow correspondent for the Czech daily Hospodářské Noviny. It was organized in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.


Ivan Syniepalov 
Mr. Syniepalov was born in Pervomaysk, Luhansk region and graduated from the State University in Mariupol, where he studied journalism. In 2012/2013 he was a participant of journalism schools “Founding fathers of EU”, “How to write about energy reform” and “Summer sporting journalism school”. Mr. Syniepalov was also a trainee at statewide channel ICTV, worked at Mariupol television and served as a spokesman for Petro Poroshenko's election headquarters in Mariupol. After graduation he co-founded Public TV of Azov – the first independent TV-channel in Mariupol. He is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Natalia Kurdiukova
Mrs. Kurdiukova is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, director and co-founder of the independent socio-political media project Nakipelo, which now also includes the Kharkov Crisis InfoCenter, Youtube-channel Nakipelo, website and newspaper "Forum". The project was founded in March 2014, following the dramatic events on the Maidan. Since then Nakipelo has been independent of political parties, and business organizations and is the only social project of this kind in Kharkov. Ms Kurdiukova was also a director of documentaries about the history of Kharkiv in the early 20th century and during the World War II.

Roman Shutov
Mr. Shutov has a PhD in Political Science. Since 2011, he produces reviews and analysis of Russian propaganda in Ukraine. He is also the author of more than 30 scientific and analytical articles, along with research report “Civic Media in Ukraine” (CCC, 2008), and the first complex research of Russian propaganda in Ukraine (Telekritika, 2015). In 2015, Mr. Shutov participated in the creation of Conception of Information Security of Ukraine. His fields of expertise include psychological influence (propaganda), soft power, national information security, and media reform.

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