European Federation of Journalists

Mission Report – Ukraine 2014

(20.11.2014) The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has carried out a mission to Ukraine on 6 – 8 November to investigate the situation facing journalists reporting in conflict areas.

Yannis Kotsifos, a member of the EFJ Steering Committee has visited the EFJ affiliates (NUJU and IMTUU) in Kiev to understand the challenges they face in protecting their journalists.

” Since the political crisis in Ukraine broken out in November 2013, journalists have been at the heart of these events covering violent demonstrations, clashes and armed conflict. They have been shot at, assaulted, kidnapped, arrested, abused and killed. They have been accused of being spies, extremists or propaganda agents. They have had their equipment destroyed, forced to leave their homes, worked under extreme conditions and have witnessed events that will haunt them for the rest of their lives,” said Kotsifos.

Following the mission, a series of recommendations has been made to the EFJ and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to assist their affiliates and journalists in Ukraine in the fight for safety of journalists and independent journalism.

The mission is carried out in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

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