Latvian Transatlantic organisation with support of German Marshall Fund of the United States (The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation) are proud to announce that project ‘Ukrainian journalists visit to Latvia and Estonia’ has successfully begun.
This initiative is primarily designed for representatives of Ukrainian mass media working in the sphere of investigative journalism. The idea behind the project is to introduce Ukrainian journalists with:
- an experience in investigative journalism of their Latvian and Estonian colleagues as well as to strengthen their professional skills;
- various Euro-integration aspects of Latvia and Estonia: starting from the reforms in the police offices, schools and up to training programs for the court judges. The central objective is to show the benefits and positive impact of the integration into the EU regarding to the lives of ordinary people;
- cooperation between government, local municipalities, law-enforcement bodies, civil society organizations and society at large to better lives of general public in Latvia and Estonia.
On their first day of visit journalists visited Re:baltica – a non-profit organisation that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Main topics what Re:Baltica’s journalists are investigating are socially important issues in the Baltic region, such as corruption, crime, finances, entrepreneurship, health and human rights. Chairman of the Re:Baltica gave an insight into organisation’s work and goals, told about cooperation with Estonia and Lithuania in the investigative journalism sphere and presented latest innovative ideas about research methods.
Later on journalists saw Baltic Broadcasting Centre, where centre’s director Roberts Melbardis shared their experience, working methods and practices in the way of making qualitative news materials.
In early evening journalists met the Ambassador of Ukraine to Latvia Anatoliy Oliynyk.
On November 27 journalists had a discussion with the chairman of the National Electronic Mass Media Council -an independent institution which represents the interest of the public in the electronic media sphere.
After the next meeting at the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) journalists were impressed the most, because Ukraine has no similar institution that would fight with the corruption. At the end of the meeting director of KNAB kindly asked to share business cards, thereby this meeting would be a beginning of long lasting cooperation between Ukraine and Latvia.
After lunch journalists visited Latvian television, where journalists of the investigative programme De Facto told about greatest investigations, problems in Latvia’s media market and future plans.
So far journalists are impressed about the programme, organisers and the fact, how similar problems both of our countries have. The only difference is that Latvia has already found truly effective mechanisms to use investigative journalism to help the society and country in whole, while Ukraine is still taking baby steps. All together that shows how important are these exchange programs to move faster to achieve better and safer future.