“War is a lot of pain and grief,” says Ruslan Smieshchuk, a reporter for privately owned Ukrainian TV channel Inter. In interviews with CPJ, Smieshchuk recounted a single day of his reporting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine: filming the rubble of a bombed school, navigating multiple military checkpoints, and riding to the frontline amid artillery fire.
At least 12 journalists have been killed while covering the conflict, now in its fifth month, and CPJ is investigating whether three others died because of their work.
British freelance journalist Dom Phillips went missing on June 5, 2022, during a reporting trip in the Brazilian Amazon, and his remains were found with gunshot wounds on June 15. Reports later found that Phillips and Indigenous issues expert Bruno Pereira, who was traveling with him, were shot and killed the morning they went missing.
CPJ has called on Brazilian authorities to conduct a comprehensive and transparent investigation into the murders and to hold those responsible to account.