Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Wikimedia Ukraine NGO launches an initiative to counter disinformation about Ukraine and enrich various language editions of Wikipedia with content about Ukraine.
“As part of foreign policy, Ukraine sees it as a priority to safeguard the truth and counter disinformation. Helped by our partners, we are launching a campaign against disinformation in the largest world encyclopedia. Wikipedia articles have become a standard source of information for millions of people worldwide. So it is vital that it contains unbiased and proven facts on Ukraine,” said FM Dmytro Kuleba.
In cooperation with Wikimedia Ukraine NGO, Ukraine's MFA is developing several joint projects to encourage people to share their knowledge about Ukraine on Wikipedia. The initiative will include content in Ukrainian and other languages.
As a first step, the MFA is planning a ‘Month of Ukrainian Diplomacy’ online marathon. Starting this May, contributors to Wikipedia's Ukrainian-language segment will fill the gaps and update existing information related to Russian aggression against Ukraine, Ukraine's integration into the EU and NATO, its relations with other nations and presence in international organisations, as well as issues relating to public diplomacy.
Our MFA team will also take part in the general campaign. Particularly, via their websites and pages, Ukrainian diplomatic institutions abroad will publish facts and documents explaining our relationships with respective countries, politicians and public figures, providing important dates, events and locations. These pages might later be used as potential sources for Wikipedia articles.
Ukrainian diplomats will also organize campaigns for writing Wikipedia's articles in languages of different countries to give the international community a better understanding about Ukraine, its past and present and to offer unbiased facts on Ukraine-related issues.
This campaign is a continuation of our previous CorrectUA initiative, which used to be aimed at providing proper transliterations for Ukrainian cities: KyivNotKiev, Odesa, Lviv, etc.
More details to follow. Stay tuned!