PRAVO-Justice: the media component

PRAVO-Justice: the media component


To enhance the capacity of Ukrainian media organisations to disseminate high-quality information about judicial matters and reforms
To enhance the capacity of Ukrainian justice sector professionals to work with the media
To improve the quality of journalistic output on judicial reforms
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December 2017
December 2020


In response to public distrust of the justice system, the Ukrainian government has been engaged in a major reform of the judiciary since 2015. Launched in late 2017, the PRAVO-Justice project is part of a large-scale programme to promote justice sector reform, with financial support coordinated by several international backers. Funded by the European Union, the project is led by Expertise France, in partnership with JCI (France), CPMA (Lithuania), DCAF (Switzerland) and CFI for the implementation of its media component.

Television is the main source of information in Ukraine. The media landscape is characterised by a lack of credible public sector broadcasters, while private channels are monopolised by a handful of oligarchs who use them to promote their own economic and political objectives. The result is a widespread lack of public trust in the media.

Aimed at both Ukrainian journalists and members of the country's judiciary, the ultimate goal of the project is to improve public understanding of judicial reforms through the media.

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Project beneficiaries

  • 30 journalists from different Ukrainian media organisations
  • 100 members of the Ukrainian judiciary

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1.Provision of training to journalists

Provision of training to journalists in the handling of judicial information

Ukrainian journalists trained in court reporting

March 19, 2019

The first session of a training programme focused on the coverage of trials was held from 15 to 17 February 2019 in Ukraine as part of the European Union-funded PRAVO-Justice project led by Expertise France. Ten journalists, all of whom cover court cases for their media outlets, were introduced to a journalistic genre unheard of in Ukraine: court reporting.

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Discovering the intricacies of court reporting in France

September 12, 2019

The last session of the first cycle of court journalism training as part of the Pravo-Justice project was held in Kiev on 29 and 30 June 2019. It specifically focussed on court reporting.

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2.Study trip to Paris for graduates

Visit to the Palace of Justice and the Association de la presse judiciaire [French Association of Court Journalists]

3.Provision of media training

Provision of media training to members of the judiciary

4.Provision of support

Provision of support to media organisations for the production of news stories on legal matters and justice reforms

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