The U.S. will fund a program to combat disinformation in Ukraine

The U.S. State Department will fund a $700,000 program to “combat disinformation and hostile narratives through social networks and media” in Ukraine.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv announced a call for proposals for grants for nongovernmental organizations. Only nongovernmental organizations from the U.S. and Ukraine, as well as from other countries, can be involved in the implementation of the tasks mentioned in the grant.

The realization of such a project foresees the coordination of the work of media and activists, conducting trainings for representatives of the authorities, as well as conducting “information and explanatory work” with the Ukrainian audience.

“Conducting outreach to target Ukrainian audiences in order to reduce their vulnerability to misinformation, erroneous information and hostile narratives,” are the goals of the U.S. program.

At the end of January, it became known about the US State Department plans to allocate a grant of up to $350 thousand to support independent media organizations, which could assist the development of small and regional media in Ukraine.

In June 2020, it was reported that the U.S. Department of State planned to hold film screenings in Ukraine to demonstrate the values of “American society” and also to draw the attention of Ukrainians to social problems in the country.