On 4 March 2019 State Secretary of the Ministry of Information Policy Artem Bidenko arrived in Riga to participate in the discussion “Role of Writers in combating Propaganda and Promoting Freedom of Speech in Post-Truth Era”.
During his visit Artem Bidenko held meetings with Vice Speaker of the Saeima Dagmāra Beitnere-Le Galla, having discussed ways to ensure information needs of Ukrainians in Latvia.
At a meeting with Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia Inese Voika and Chairperson of the Latvian delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Inese Ikstena the particies commended the effective cooperation within OSCE, including in supporting resolutions on Ukraine, as well as the issues of well-balanced information campaigns during national elections.
Artem Bidenko also met with Acting Executive Director of the Baltic Center for Media Excellence Jānis Siksnis, with whom discussed joint training projects for Baltic and Ukrainian journalists.
The State Secretary took part in the discussion “Role of Writers in combating Propaganda and Promoting Freedom of Speech in Post-Truth Era”, having explained the tasks and activities of the Information Policy Ministry with a view of fighting Russian propaganda in the occupied territories and confronting information operations of Russia in Ukraine.
The discussion was attended by Ukrainian and Latvian writers, members of PEN Ukraine and Latvia – Andrii Kurkov, Yurii Vynnychuk, Ilmārs Šlāpins, Inga Gaile, member of the Saeima, Deputy Secretary Marija Golubeva. The event was organized by the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia with the support of Ukrainian and Latvian PEN clubs and attended by foreign diplomats, accredited in Riga, journalists and civil society representatives.