PEC also appreciated the restrained role played by the mainstream media outlets and responsible journalism pursued by a large number of media persons on the ground
Press Emblem Campaign, the global media safety and rights body, condoled the demise of two Ukrainian journalists in the wake of Russia’s aggression to Ukraine and urged the United Nations to recognise their professional services for disseminating authentic information about the ongoing conflicts.
PEC also appreciated the restrained role played by the mainstream media outlets and responsible journalism pursued by a large number of media persons on the ground.
Journalist Shakirov Dilerbek Shukurovych, who hailed from Kherson locality, died on 26 February and television cameraman Yevhenii Sakun lost his life in the Russian attacks on the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv on 1 March 2022.
Both were victims of the Russian military aggression in Ukraine that started in the last week of February disregarding the international laws. PEC had already condemned in the strongest terms against the Russian actions and appealed to all concerns to ensure the safety and security of journalists, who were engaged in professional duties.
“PEC also urged all parties to refrain from spreading propaganda for war or incitement to hostility or violence. We stand in solidarity with independent Russian media who continue to report the truth in an unprecedented situation. Moreover, we demanded the Russian authorities not to censor independent media reporting about the invasion and to avoid detaining journalists who were covering the anti-war protests,” said Blaise Lempen, secretary-general of PEC, adding that all journalists on the ground were already asked to take precautionary measures.
Earlier, the international media forum condemned the Russian missile attack on the TV tower of Kyiv that facilitated broadcasting of radio and television news. Lately, it lauded the adoption of a resolution by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council condemning the rights violations and abuses in Ukraine and asking for an early withdrawal of Russian troops. Moreover, an independent international commission of inquiry should be established to probe into the violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian laws in Ukraine.
European media outlets usually maintain their responsible journalism avoiding the exposure of human dead from the battlefield. Many mainstream media outlets in India, which are relatively independent among south & southeast Asian nations, are also reporting from the ground with standard guidelines, said PEC’s India representative Nava Thakuria, adding that it’s a welcome change for the Indian media, which usually goes unleashed on reporting the human tragedies with unsolicited visuals if it happens to their own people.