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Election Watch

Strengthening Independent Election Coverage

February 2019 – November 2019

In this project, the Kyiv Post provides objective, impartial information to Ukrainian citizens, key decision makers, and the international community on the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections and post-election developments. The project is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.

Between February and June 2019, Kyiv Post journalists produced over 100 articles, videos and podcasts covering the two election campaigns. The Kyiv Post also partnered with several other media outlets to fact-check the campaign, providing nonpartisan analysis of candidates’ public statements.

Ukraine’s media space remains predominantly controlled by oligarchs and other vested interests. Consequently, public trust in media is low and the quality of reporting is generally poor. In this important election year, high quality, comprehensive and nonpartisan coverage of the campaigns was crucial to ensure a free, fair and transparent political process.

To strengthen the reporting on elections, the Kyiv Post team integrated the “fact-check section” into Election Watch and produced around 10 video materials and 2 podcasts. Fact checks were successfully launched on the website in February 2019, frequently updated during the candidates’ election campaigns and available to the readers here. 

Although the project will be finished in November 2019, the Kyiv Post’s journalists will keep reporting on and monitoring political reforms. At the Free Press Foundation, we believe in non-partisan and independent reporting, and will be grateful for any possible support to cover reporting costs to further monitor the reform process throughout 2020. Please contact us at , if you are willing to support this project or use the “Donate” button to make a donation. We are grateful for your support.

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About Us

The “Free Press Foundation” is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization in Ukraine, aimed to deliver quality news about Ukraine and worldwide.

The foundation was established in December 2018 by the Kyiv Post commercial director and deputy chief editor in order to elaborate new channels of delivering quality information and assist in the development of independent media in Ukraine. Within its’ work the Foundation promotes and shares best journalist practices in Ukraine and worldwide, conducts independent investigative projects, carries out monitoring of political and social activities in Ukraine, provides education to media and activists in Ukraine.

Founded by the Kyiv Post team members, the “Free Press Foundation” reaching readers at the Kyiv Post’s digital and print platforms.
The Kyiv Post is the oldest and most respected English-language print and online newspaper in Ukraine.

Since its establishment in 1995, the publication has distinguished itself through independent, ethical, and reliable reporting for both domestic and international audiences.

It played an important role in covering all major events related to Ukraine’s transition, including the 2004 Orange Revolution, 2014 Euromaidan protests, and the annexation of Crimea and ongoing war in the Donbas region.

Many prominent Ukrainian journalists started their careers at the Kyiv Post, and later joined other top Ukrainian and foreign media outlets, including Novoe Vremya, Hromadske, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times.
The “Free Press Foundation” is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization in Ukraine, aimed to deliver quality news about Ukraine and worldwide.

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