Do the media in Ukraine take up the theme of lustration? Should it also cover journalists and would the media circles support the potential necessity of making lustration statements? These and other questions were answered by the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), Lyudmyla Kozlovska when interviewed by Ewa Łosińska of the Polish Journalists Association.
In the interview, ODF’s President talked, amongst other things, about the evolution of the interest in the theme of lustration in Ukraine and how it is covered by the mainstream and regional media. However, as Kozlovska notes, the hunger for knowledge does not necessarily equate to a full understanding of the nature of lustration. At the same time, in the opinion of ODF’s President, the implementation of the law adopted by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada is realistic since there are persons who can replace some of current judges and prosecutors. She sees a greater threat in poorly-paid jobs for officials and the multiplication of positions. As Kozlovska explains, the current law applies to state officials and it could possibly cover state media, but the latter are practically non-existent in Ukraine.