With the support of the joint European Union/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance regional project "Promote Professional Journalism by Supporting Regional Network of Self-regulatory Bodies" the first meeting of the Commission to Confront Propaganda, a consultative body for cross-border media complaints took place on 14 September 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Commission was established in 2016 by the Network of Self-Regulatory Bodies of six Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia. The meeting in Kyiv gathered eleven participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and the Russian Federation.
The mandate of the Commission to Confront Propaganda is to consider complaints on media from any of the seven countries operating in another country of the region. As part of it first meeting, it discussed five cross-border complaints from Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine on publications which, according to their initiators, disseminate hate speech, discrimination, racism and xenophobia. The discussion was based on regulations and recommendations adopted by the national self-regulatory bodies, which are members of the network.
As a result the commission will issue opinions that have recommendatory character, provide guidance and set standards corresponding to the commonly accepted principles of journalism ethics. Once finally approved in October 2017, the opinions shall be published by both the network and the national self-regulatory bodies.