Ukraine Hosts 64th World Newspaper Congress
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Ukraine Hosts 64th World Newspaper Congress PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, September 4, 2012 KYIV, Ukraine, September 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Publishers from across the globe gathered in Kyiv to talk about current problems the media are facing -

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Ukraine Hosts 64th World Newspaper Congress
PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, September 4, 2012
KYIV, Ukraine,September 4, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Publishers from across the globe gathered inKyivto talk about current problems the media are facing -challenges of latest communication technologies and unbiased presentation of information. The President of the Ukrainian Association of Press Publishers Borys Lozhkin and the President of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) Jacob Mathew opened the World Newspaper Congress inKyiv (September 2-5, 2012).
At the opening ceremony Borys Lozhkin mentioned that the Congress should become the new stage of development for Ukrainian media business. He highlighted the importance of the phenomenon of the freedom of speech as not just the right to information but as the cornerstone of the publishing business inUkraine. He also said that supporting freedom of speech is first and foremost supporting independent media, providing them with financial support and developing press distribution network. Borys Lozhkin also suggested applying to the Ukrainian media the same tax relief that IT industry would enjoy starting 2013. Media business inUkrainehas a VAT discount, and tax regulations may have substantial influence of the media industry in the country. Continuing the subject of financial struggles of the media, the WAN-IFRA president Jacob Mathew touched upon the subject of digital media affecting the regular streams of income in the world of reporting. He reckoned that journalists and publishers had to keep up with the development of communication technologies. Jacob Mathew went on to discuss the freedom of speech. Any democratic government is interested in the support of free press, he said. No crime against a journalist or a publisher should be left unpunished. WAN-IFRA president also praised the media cooperation group atUkraine'sPresidential Administration, saying it was vital for the group to gain trust from the members of the press. WAN-IFRA president also underscored that while the literacy level inUkraine was one of the highest in the world, media outreach was not that high. "By holding our events inKyiv, we will provide them [local press] with an opportunity to share their experiences with the international newspaper community, allow them to benefit from international best practices, provide training opportunities, and offer moral support," reads the open letter by Jacob Mathew, published in lateMay 2012.