Analysis of article in the MIRROR WEEKLY Ukrainian newspaper on ALLATRA International Public Movement. PART 1

After reviewing an article which violated all the norms of international law and journalism ethics entitled “The Ukrainian newspaper Mirror Weekly published an article about the AllatRa IPM” at the JWB Community portal which included the offer of expressing an independent opinion, I have decided to document it as a number of separate publications. 

Being a participant of ALLATRA IPM, I was lucky enough to take part in the implementation of the organization's projects. These projects are created collectively by people from all over the world in order to revive the cultural and moral values ​​in modern society. After reading the publication "AllatRa: king's new clothes" by Olga Levashvili http://gazeta.zn.ua/socium/allatra-novoe-plate-korolya-_.html of such respected publication in Ukraine - "Mirror Weekly. Ukraine", I was discouraged by the fact that the article is clearly a made-to-order one, spreading unreliable information, defamation; it disgraces the honor of the international practice of journalism, in fact breaking the rules of international law. The real journalist is a professional who is obliged to understand completely the subject of personal publication, relying exclusively on the firsthand and proven facts. He does not use manipulative techniques, wittingly inclining the reader to a certain point of view. He is unbiased. 

Let’s make a small comparative analysis of some of the quotations from this article with the real facts. 

Quotation 1: «A well sponsored advertising campaign of the book of the same name has been carried on for a long time in large cities. Ukrainians are told from the facades of houses, billboards, city lights, advertisements in public transport that it is "a book changing the world." (“Mirror Weekly. Ukraine “, #12, April 1). 

In fact: The authors have passed over in silence the fact that these projects are financed by the people themselves all over the world by organizing advertising on their own initiative or collecting money through the platform "Crowdfunding with Conscience» www.allatra.in. Similar projects are constantly open at the platform and information about them is available worldwide. Realizing the value for the whole society of the information, which is given in the AllatRa book, people can not stand aside and act in accordance with their abilities and understanding. It is the initiative of the people themselves.

Platform "Crowdfunding with Conscience" - is not a commercial, but a social project, as it supposed to be in a normal civilized society. It does not bring profit to anyone, it exists for people's cooperation. The aspiration of one person to help another one can not be the foundation for the business.

Violations of the Ukrainian laws and international documents by journalists (find the text of the declarations and laws in the special section on this site).

1) CODE OF ETHICS OF THE UKRAINIAN JOURNALIST. Adopted on April 14, 2002, Article 2

2) RESOLUTION OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF COUNCIL OF EUROPE 1003 "ON JOURNALISTS ETHICS." Adopted on July 1, 1993, Article 6.

3) DECLARATION ON PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCT FOR JOURNALISTS, "INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS." Adopted on April 25-28, 1954, Articles 1 and 3.

Quotation 2: "Ukrainian mass media have raised the alarm. Reporters have found out that the mayors of Korosten and Rzhyshchiv cities have signed partnership agreement with this organization. Although the mayor of Boryspil has not signed anything yet, but he closely cooperates with it." ( "Mirror Weekly. Ukraine », #12, April 1) 

In fact: The matter is AllatRa Global Partnership Agreement www.allatra-partner.org. The ALLATRA Global Partnership Agreement is the basis for practical implementation of the spiritual and creative society model by means of establishing an entirely new format of relationships between people in the labour activity of society. It is based on the universal human spiritual and moral 7 ALLATRA Foundations.

Implementation of the given model of society is being accomplished by Partners of the ALLATRA Global Partnership Agreement who are socially active respectable heads of the leading companies, enterprises and other organizations from all over the world in all areas of work and who have voluntarily taken on the noble responsibility for implementing the universally acknowledged 7 ALLATRA Foundations in their conscientious business practice.  

ALLATRA Global Partnership Agreement is not a legal document, but it is a much more significant evidence that characterizes the Personality of the Partner of the given Agreement. The involvement in this global all people's initiative demonstrates the actual intention of a respectable and honest person who values the word and the deed of Honour more than any formal paper and who is guided in his life by the universal human spiritual and moral values ― the 7 ALLATRA Foundations. The ALLATRA Global Partnership Agreement is outside of politics and outside of religion.

Mayors of Rzhyshchiv (Ukraine) and Korosten (Ukraine) by signing the AllatRa Global Partnership agreement , have acted exclusively in accordance with the current legislation of Ukraine, international law and in the interests of the residents. Cooperation between the state authorities of Ukraine and international public organizations is regulated by international document signed by Ukraine – MODEL LAW ON INTER-REGIONAL COOPERATION, adopted on September 31, 2007 at the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of CIS member states. The text of the law is placed on the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine http://zakon3.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/997_l44

The question arises why, all of a sudden, as it is written in the newspaper , "Ukrainian mass media have raised the alarm?" Because people, not in their words but in deeds, live and act at their workplaces in accordance with human culturally-moral values, implementing in practice the rights and freedoms of citizens, which are written in the GENERAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION? Or do journalists live and work in their practice in a different way? Who benefits from manipulating the public opinion, giving fragmentary information and adding a certain emotional color? Who benefits from sowing the seeds of evil? The customer remains in the background, but who prevents performers-journalists from acting in good faith, guided by the best side of their personality?

Violations of the Ukrainian laws and international documents by journalists:

1) DECLARATION ON PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCT FOR JOURNALISTS, "INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS." Adopted on April 25-28, 1954, Articles 1,2,3,8.

2) RESOLUTION OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF COUNCIL OF EUROPE 1003 "ON JOURNALISTS ETHICS." Adopted on July 1, 1993, Article 4,6,21,36.

3) COUNCIL OF EUROPE. POLITICAL DECLARATION ON MASS MEDIA IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY. 4th EUROPEAN CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS ON MASS MEDIA POLICY. Prague (Czech Republic), December 7-8, 1994. Resolution 2 "Journalists' freedoms and human rights" Principle 7.

To be continued ...

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