Culture of remembrance

The fall of the Soviet Union set off a comprehensive change of remembrance culture in its constituent republics – like in Ukraine and Moldova. In the last 20 years, the public space in both countries has become more and more diverse. The symbols and heroes of the Soviet Union have disappeared, new historical characters are honored with monuments, streets and squares are renamed. Democratization has opened the way for public representation of the past by different social groups and ‘communities of memory’: traditional (such as Soviet veterans, former KZ prisoners) as well as new ones (e.g., victims of Stalinist repressions, … Continue reading Culture of remembrance

Everyday life on the border

Ukraine has international borders with seven countries and many of Ukraine’s regions have access to the border. For example, Chernivtsi region borders with 2 countries, so the topic «everyday life on the border is relevant\important for our nation. In this project we want to tell what does it mean – to live near the state border. For the realization of this aim we need to visit two cities\villages, that have a checkpoint. I offer to choose such settlements: 1. Sokyriany  is a small town in Chernivtsi region, Ukraine. It has a checkpoint and a border with Moldova. The population of this … Continue reading Everyday life on the border


The topic of student life is always relevant, and especially if it is students from different countries. In our case, this is Ukraine and Moldova, namely Chernivtsi and Balti. I suggest investigating the mood and approach to the lives of young people in these two countries. Talk about their views, what they want to achieve, what opportunities they have, what the state gives them for this. What they do not like in their lives, whether they have a desire and motivation to change something. Tell about their routine, fears, adventures, happy moments. In the end, we will summarize the common, … Continue reading STUDENT LIFE

Media project „Transnistria“

  Transnistria is a tiny area that broke away from the Republic of Moldova in the early 1990s. Located in the eastern part of Moldova with less than 500,000 residents, it is a state that does not actually exist, as international recognition is missing. Today, many people living in Moldova and Transnistria arranged with the status quo. People from both sides exchange and have contact. However, politically it remains a “frozen conflict”. With our project, we want to focus on the unresolved status of Transnistria and find out how citizens on both sides live with the situation. Our core questions … Continue reading Media project „Transnistria“

Media issues: Germany

In Germany I would rate it with 8. Generally we have freedom of press and journalists can publish nearly anything. But depending on the topics journalists could face danger when investigating e.g. radical scenes. Additionally German authorities might restrict access to certain information or make it hard to get them. Most media in Moldova and Ukraine is owned by wealthy and often influencial politicians, so that media follows a certain narrative. Journalits can work more or less freely, when follow the political agenda. Nevertheless there are more independet news and TV programmes, which are often more consumed online as print … Continue reading Media issues: Germany

Forum 2: Media projects

Hi Oksana and Julia. I’m also very interested in the minority and identity issues. Your descriptions about the borderland between Ukraine and Moldavia are very interesting. I could imagine working together with you on a team. I have a couple of questions concerning the main topic. Are you especially interested in the Roma (gypsies) minority in the village or moreover in different (various) minorities in this region? My interest would be a wider range of different identities and minorities as you pointed out with your questions. As I understand, you are also interested to research along both sides at the … Continue reading Forum 2: Media projects

Media issues – Germany

I would rate the freedom of press in Germany with 8 out of 10 for similar reasons as the other German participants already mentioned. On one side, we still have quite a diverse media market and a strong constitution, where press freedom is anchored. Media law protects journalists and doesn’t make it easy to judge them for nothing. Personally I never experienced restrictions during my work for radio channels, though I’m aware that freedom of press in several cases could be limited due to economic or other reasons. On the other hand there are still to much happenings where press … Continue reading Media issues – Germany

Forum 1: Media issues

1. I also would rate 8-9 for freedom of press in Germany. As Maximilian and Kristina mentioned we (still) have a large scale of diverse media with different backgrounds. I also think this status quo is challenged by economic pressure. Moreover alarming for me is the current situation as Astrid wrote about the attack on a ZDF camera team in Dresden and the loss of acceptance by fake news declarations of the right wring party Afd (Alternative for Germany). I think journalists are posing challenging times by keeping their reliability. Also, Kristina’s comment on illegal data of journalists held by … Continue reading Forum 1: Media issues


to all of you! I am looking forward to our first trinational workshop. We had very good experience bringing together young ukrainian and romanian journalists and students  before: collaboration created friendship and vice versa. Nearly ten years ago I travelled to Moldova, Transnistria, Gagausia. For sure life has changed there in between, the media, too. As a journalist I am curious to know as much as possible about the development, the options for young journalists, the current state of press freedom and variety. Continue reading Welcome

Media Issues: Ukraine

I rate the freedom of the press in Ukraine by 5. Not only the government of Ukraine but also far-right radicals put pressure on the media. Constructive criticism of the government is regarded as a High Treason and journalists get such labels as “Agent of Kremlin” and are accused of spreading the “Enemies` propaganda”. The main media sources are controlled by oligarchs, who use the media in their own interests. To be honest, I don’t really know the media system of Moldova. But I can suggest that there is no big difference between Ukrainian media system and the other post-soviet … Continue reading Media Issues: Ukraine