In the southern regions of Ukraine, it is almost a matter of pride for businessmen, politicians and local officials to own their own media outlets. Out of many hundreds of newspapers registered, less than a dozen publish regularly. A lot of the content produced by these outlets is “ordered.”
In the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv (495.000 inhabitants) you will find 20 news portals in the internet, 5 radio-tv channels and 250 registered newspapers and magazines of which around 10 will publish on a regular basis.
In neighbouring Kherson (330.000 inhabitants) you will also find 20 newsportals, 6 radio-tv channels and 200 registered newspapers and magazines of which 4 publish on a regular basis.
In both cities these media have almost monopoly when it comes to local and regional news, so the reporters Tetyana Haydabas and Olena Vasyna decided to find out who owns them. This should be easy. According to the law all media have to report their ownership to official registers. But no way.
The article “Media owners in Southern Ukraine: Who orders the ‘music’ of information in Mykolaiv and Kherson” was published on March 2, 2016 on the website of the Center for Investigative Journalism
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