"History Keepers" - Online Discussion and Awarding Ceremony

On September 25, at Tsinandali Estate, the awarding ceremony of “History Keepers” and an online-discussion titled “Solidarity in the Disinformation Era” were organized by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellow prof. Mariam Gersamia, in cooperation with Media and Communication Educational and Research Center. More than 20 participants from Ukrainian and Georgian media, academia and civic society participated in the discussion. The online discussion focused on countering disinformation during wartime, solidarity towards Ukraine, Ukrainian people and, media engagement in this regard.


The discussion was opened by Mariam Khuroshvili, regional liaison for the EaP Fellowship Programme, the sessions were moderated by the EaP Fellow, Chairwoman of MCERC, prof. Mariam Gersamia and prof. Olena Shevchenko from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.



Special guests of the discussion were:

  • Anatolii Yakovets, Associate Professor of the Department of International Media Communication and Communication Technologies, Educational and Scientific Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

  • Roman Dribnoi, TV host and presenter (Kyiv)


Speakers of the discussion were:


  • Serhiy Tomilenko, the head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, member of the European Federation of Journalists: " Safety of journalistic activities and the Center for Journalistic Solidarity"

  • Teona Tskhomelidze, Journalist and media expert at media and Communication Educational and Research Center (MCERC): “Why communication support and spread of true facts matter during the war in Ukraine?”

  • Tetyana Matychak, master of media, media expert and media trainer: "Disinformation in Ukraine and media literacy in Ukraine";

  • Alex Petriashvili, Senior Fellow at Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies: „Building sustainable solidarity and support via social media platforms during war in Ukraine”;

  • Sofiia Kohut, a journalist of the Espreso.tv. channel and the author of the English-language counter-propaganda Twitter channel: "Twitter and Russia's war in Ukraine: how to keep the world's attention".

  • Giorgi Mshvenieradze, Civic Activist, Founder of the “Democracy Defenders”: “Solidarity in Georgia during Russian-Ukrainian War”;

  • Anna Lugovaya, master of international communications, volunteer, civil activist: "Impartiality of Conflict-Sensitive Journalism;

Attendees and participants of the discussion were:

  • Sidonia Nun, activist and curator of the solidarity event “the day of tomorrow”;

  • Tetiana Shustrova, master of international journalism, head of investigative journalism at Espreso.TV;

  • Anastasia Polikarpova, master of international journalism, Center for countering disinformation at the NSDC;

  • Miroslava Tanska-Vikulova, journalist–international, TV channel “5”;

  • Viktoriya Dubiv journalist;

  • Hanna Khlystun, journalist of “Facty”-newspaper;

  • Oleksandra Kovalenko, content-manager of “EU-neighbors.Ukraine” Internet-project;

  • Maia Toradze, associate professor at TSU, board member at MCERC;

  • Liana Markaryani, media psychologist, Journalists and TV host at Georgian Public Broadcaster;

  • Maia Mateshvili, representative of EU delegation to Georgia;

  • Eka Mishveladze, TV host and journalist at TV Pirveli;

  • Anna Kartvelishvili, activist at NGO “Democracy Defenders”;

  • Arina Tavakarashvili, activist and assistant professor at SabaUni;

  • David Kutidze, media expert and researcher at “Gnomon Wise”;

  • Ekaterine Gigauri, MCERC fellow.


The discussion was followed by the awarding ceremony of “History Keepers”, Georgian and Ukrainian civically minded citizens, those who contribute in: Creating a supportive network between Georgian and Ukrainian people, raising awareness about Ukrainian history, directly mitigating disinformation about Ukraine, etc.


History Keepers of 2022 are:


  • Alex Petriashvili, Senior Fellow at Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies;

  • Olena Shevchenko, Associated Professor of the Department of International Media Communication and Communication Technologies, Educational and Scientific Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;

  • Anatolii Yakovets, Associate Professor of the Department of International Media Communication and Communication Technologies, Educational and Scientific Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;

  • Roman Dribnoi, TV host and presenter (Kyiv);

  • Teona Tskhomelidze, Journalist and media expert

  • Nun Sidonia, activist and artist, "Advocate of Tolerance".



The activities have been conducted in frame of the project "Solidarity Journalism for Peace and Security" under the series of "History Keepers", funded by the European Union within its Eastern partnership Civil Society Fellowship Programme.


Partners and supporters of the event were: Vazisubani Estate, Radisson Collection, Educational and Scientific Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.


Our special thanks to Sidonia Nun for distinguished support, contribution and cooperation in organizing this event. The discussion and awarding ceremony followed the event - “Day of Tomorrow” - is a charity exhibition and auction organised and curated by an artist, civic activist and “Advocate of Tolerance” Sodonia Nun. The event was planned in collaboration with Ukrainian TV host Roman Dribnoi and presented Sidonia Nun’s and Roman Dribnoi’s latest artistic works/photos about Ukraine. The money raised from the auction will be donated to support the Ukrainian people.



It is prohibited to copy, reproduce, or distribute the material for commercial purposes without written permission from the Media and Communication Educational and Research Center (MCERC). This video has been produced under the series of "History Keepers" in the frame of the project "Solidarity Journalism for Peace and Security" funded by the European Union, within its Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowship Programme.

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See more links from EU Delegation in Georgia about the event:

From Twitter:


https://twitter.com/EUinGeorgia/status/1574709793499283458

https://twitter.com/EUinGeorgia/status/1574709784326152193


From Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/europeanunioningeorgia/posts/pfbid0PxWeTsj2ffrsuw6mRgpabnKieFBvntrmocsgW97CiCpxHXYqGdGoL8yrJ8TteAPNl

See the full recording of the discussion on MCERC's YouTube channel:

https://youtu.be/TbU_iXBrpPg

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