Most of the teams still have no instructions on what to do in the event of a second offensive – IMI representative in Chernihiv oblast
Most of the media teams in Chernihiv oblast still have no instructions or protocols on what to do in the event of a second Russian offensive.
Pavlo Pushchenko, the IMI representative in Chernihiv oblast, spoke about this in his interview with the Institute of Mass Information.
He recalled that a year ago, after Russian troops entered Chernihiv oblast, he evacuated his children first and foremost. At that time, fighting was going on in the Chernihiv suburbs.
Later, as an IMI representative, he started receiving requests from media teams, asking him to help those who were evacuating.
"Then we started working with editorial teams more closely. I gathered information about who was leaving and who needed help – funds to survive at first. That is, there was chaos: some were staying, and some were leaving. This showed the absolute unwillingness of most editorial offices to respond to the situation," Pavlo Pushchenko recalled.
According to him, the situation has not changed much in a year: most editorial teams still have not developed any relevant instructions.
"When we gathered at our IMI Mediahub in November–December, we discussed the events. I asked them whether they had any such protocols, instructions on what to do in the event of a second offensive now. And I learned that most editorial teams still have no instructions or protocols on how to behave in the event of a repeat attack," said the IMI representative.
As IMI reported, a few days before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the team of "Nakypilo" (Kharkiv) drew up an action plan for such an event. It proved helpful during the evacuation.
Meanwhile, the media of Kirovohrad oblast experienced a certain confusion in the first week or two after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. The journalists did not understand how best to present information: to copy reports from the national media or to build their own strategy.
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