Nafisa Hasanova is project manager for the Reporters without Borders project "Media Ownership Monitor” in Ukraine. Before joining RSF Nafisa worked on Transdniestrian settlement process for the Finnish Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) MarttiAhtisaari Centre. From 2012 to 2014 she worked as policy officer for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia at APRODEV, now ACT Alliance EU in Brussels. In 2008-2012 Nafisa worked as project manager EUCAM (EU Central Asia Monitoring) at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS and FRIDE) in Brussels. Nafisa, holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and European Studies from the University of Applied Studies in Fulda, Germany. She completed a BA in English Philology at the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages in Uzbekistan and gained working experience as a visiting fellow at CEPS in 2007 and through an internship at the German Bundestag (2006).
Oksana Romaniuk is the Executive Director of the Kyiv-based Institute of Mass Information (IMI) since August 2013. The IMI is a leading Ukrainian NGO that researches mass information in modern society. Its objectives include defending freedom of speech, supporting Ukrainian mass media, training Ukrainian journalists, drafting and lobbying media-reforms, and monitoring the rights of journalists and media.Prior to leading the IMI, Ms. Romaniuk coordinated projects of the International Federation of Journalists in seven different countries of the former Soviet Union. Previously, she worked at the UNIAN news agency, where she founded its English- language service and served as a correspondent. Ms. Romaniuk is active in the Stop Censorship! movement in Ukraine, and has served as the Ukraine representative of Reporters Without Borders since 2010.
Maksym Ratushnyi, media lawyer, has been working for "Institute of Mass Information" since 2013. His main responsibilities include the right to access to public information, cases of interference in journalists' activities. Graduated from the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Faculty of law. Project coordinator of MOM Ukraine.
Anastasia Lavoshnikova is supporting the Ukrainian chapter of the RSF project on media ownership. Having particular interest in media and development, she has earned her Master’s in Global Studies (Leipzig U, Germany) with her thesis on media content analysis of Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian outlets after the Su-24 shoot-down in 2015. Anastasia has gained her practical experience during internships at Embassy of Ukraine in Berlin, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, United Nations Development Programme, and as a member of European Youth Parliament. She speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and German, and at the moment she is assisting the work of Media Ownership Monitor in Kiev.
Iryna Chulivska - journalist and coordinator of projects at the Institute of Mass Information since 2012. She holds a degree in Journalism from Lviv National I. Franko University. Her professional interests include: freedom of speech, right to information, digital security for journalists and human rights defenders. Iryna is responsible for event-organisation at MOM.
Roman Golovenko - legal consultant of the "Media Ownership Monitor" project, provided in Ukraine by Reporters Without Borders and Institute of Mass Information. Roman is the Institute's legal projects manager and specializing in media law over 10 years (Master of law, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”), co-drafted several laws on information relations isuues and is practicing at courts on media and labour cases (administrative and civil proceedings). He is also the Independent Media Council's member (consultative body providing judgements and recommendations on issues of professional standards and media legislation adherence by media outlets or journalists).
Zoya Krasovska is a regional representative of IMI in the Dnipropetrovsk region. She is the lead investigator in Media Ownership Monitor and was responsible for researching ownership structures of top media outlets in Ukraine. Zoya has been collaborating with IMI since 2014; she has been involved in two projects: monitoring violations of journalists' rights in the regions of Ukraine and analysing regional media. She participated in the study on media ownership in Dnepropetrovsk region, as well as in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine.
Roman Kabachii, journalist, media expert at IMI. Roman is a researcher within the Media Ownership Monitor of Reporters Without Borders, where he studied ownership structures of media outlets. Roman collaborates with IMI since 2012 as an expert in monitoring compliance with journalistic standards and ordered materials. He writes articles and blogs for IMI. Before he was an editor of the history department of the magazine "Ukrainian week", and an editor of a socio-political TV-programme on the Channel 5. He holds a PhD degree in modern history.
Olena Golub is an expert at the Institute of Mass Information, The Head of the Media Monitor Department, the author of methods for media content analysis used by IMI,including analysis for compliance with professional journalistic standards, gender balance, regional news content, monitoring for "jeansa" and many others. Olena has beenin the field of media analysis for more than 10 years. Conducted media research to support projects of OSCE, UN, Internews Network, USAID, the Matra, Reporters without Borders,Freedom House, Embassy of Czech Republic. She is a trainer at the Deutsche Welle Academy on professional and ethical standards of journalism. Olena is a co-author of manualspublished by IMI "Journalist and Insecurity", "How to Write on Local Authorities" and policy papers of IMI "The Study of Media Situation in Southern and Eastern Regions of Ukraine", "What's in the Local News from Southern and Eastern Ukraine". She is a member of the Independent Media Council based on the quota of the Institute of Mass Information.
Lisa-Maria Kretschmer works as Project Coordinator and Head of Research Media Ownership Monitor, and is responsible for the project implementation in the Philippines. Previously, she has worked in the field of human rights and resilience, amongst others for the German Development Agency (giz) and a Member of the German Parliament. In 2011, she supported an international research project on the role of media in conflict at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. This experience now contributes to her work for MOM as much as her previous positions in communications departments & agencies (profit & non-profit) for creating public awareness for human rights concerns. She studied political communication, journalism and economics in Germany (LMU Munich, FU Berlin), The Netherlands, Denmark and Israel.
Olaf Steenfadt heads the "Media Ownership Monitor" project and the "Journalism Trust Initiative" at the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders, RSF. For many years, he has been engaged as a consultant and coach in media development cooperation. Mandates of international organizations and NGOs lead him primarily to Southeast Europe and the Arab world. He previously worked for national German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF in various roles, including as a radio and TV presenter, investigative reporter, domestic and foreign correspondent, as well as in format development and corporate communication. Olaf is a member of the "High-level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation" of the European Commission and of the "Committee of Experts on Quality of Journalism in the Digital Age" at the Council of Europe. He teaches frequently at universities in Germany and Europe.
Institute of Mass Information (IMI)
The Institute of Mass Information (IMI) is Kyiv-based non-governmental organisation that works to defend rights of journalists and to enhance press freedom. They work to facilitate the development of civil society in Ukraine by supporting quality journalism, media literacy, and access to information. Improved quality of journalism and strengthened media literacy are the two major contributions IMI strives to make for the development of civil society in Ukraine. The Institute monitors working conditions of media employees, compliance with journalistic standards and respect for journalists’ rights. In order to promote media literacy, IMI conducts educational campaigns and monitors access to public information. Among their partners, the Institute co-operates with Reporters without Borders, Freedom House, IFEX, Internews, Stop Tsenzuri (Stop to Censorship), etc.
IMI and Reporters Without Borders’ common focus on issues of press freedom, access to information and freedom of expression make the two organisations ideally suited for cooperation on this action, which will increase both organizations’ abilities to advocate for increased rights in these areas within Ukraine.
In 2016 from July to October, both IMI and RSF have joined forces to implement the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) project in Ukraine. The MOM project is jointly carried out by Reporters Without Borders and IMI with funding provided by the German government. It aims to create a publicly accessible, continuously updated database that lists owners of all relevant mass media outlets. In addition, it will provide a contextualization and qualitative analysis for Ukrainian media landscape by assessing the respective market specifics and legal environment as well.
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (Reporter Sans Frontières, RSF) was founded in Montpellier (France) in 1985 by four journalists. It is is registered in France as a non-profit organization and has consultant status at the United Nations and UNESCO. RSF advocates for media freedom, supports independent media and protects endangered journalists worldwide. Its missions are
- To continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide;
- To denounce any such attacks in the media;
- To act in cooperation with governments to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information;
- To morally and financially assist persecuted journalists, as well as their families.
- To offer material assistance to war correspondents in order to enhance their safety.
Since 1994, the German section is active in Berlin. Although the German section works closely with the International Secretariat in Paris to research and evaluate media freedom worldwide, it is organizationally and financially independent. In that role, it has applied for a grant at the federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – in order to finance the Media Ownership Monitor project.