While in Ukraine, Weinstein and Lack visited Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Kyiv bureau and learned more about how RFE/RL and Voice of America cooperate to meet the information needs in Ukraine. VOA’s Myroslava Gongadze and RFE/RL Ukrainian Service Director Maryana Drach accompanied Weinstein and Lack as they met with government officials, parliamentarians, as well as local journalists and media managers to better understand the media environment in Ukraine and the role of U.S. international media in that environment.
“RFE/RL and VOA set journalistic trends in Ukraine,” Oksana Romaniuk, executive director of the Institute of Mass Information, told the pair. “Their strict, high standards are an example for other journalists.”
Weinstein and Lack also visited several television media outlets, including First Ukrainian National (UT1), major commercial station 1+1 and Internet TV station Hromadske.tv.
After Kyiv, Weinsten and Lack traveled to Prague and met with journalists and editors from all parts of RFE/RL’s broadcast and digital media network, including the Persian-language Radio Farda, Russian-language Radio Svoboda, Pashto-language Radio Mashaal service for northwestern Pakistan, and “Current Time,” the RFE/RL-VOA news program for Russian-language audiences along Russia’s borders.