Media Watchdog Keeps an Eye on Press Freedom and Ethics
“Ukrainian readers and viewers need and deserve professional journalism. Journalism should be devoted to one thing – the search for truth,” says Natalia Ligacheva, editor-in-chief and founder of Telekritika, an online and print publication that provides analysis and critiques of news and political events.
The Ukrainian multi-platform media watchdog was launched as Ligacheva’s response to censorship by her editors at the Ukrainian newspaper Den. Telekritika, an Internews partner, is an open forum for critical media analysis where journalists, politicians, and the community can discuss pressing questions of ethics and reporting standards.
Ligacheva played a crucial role in Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, spearheading a journalists’ movement that publicly denounced censorship and political pressure and vowed to uphold professional principles.
“Media issues may change, but our goals remain the same,” says Ligacheva. “We see our mission as strengthening professional journalism in Ukraine by stimulating politicians, authorities, media owners, and journalists to realize the important public role of the media as the ‘watchdog of democracy.’”
Ligacheva was awarded the title of “Honored Journalist of Ukraine” by President Viktor Yushchenko in 2007 for her tremendous personal contributions to the development of constitutional principles of the Ukrainian national state system, enduring and conscientious work, and high level of professionalism.
Banner photo: Journalists report on the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004. (Credit: Internews)