Russia’s war on Ukraine is exacting a brutal toll. As the conflict continues, the United Nations reports that millions of Ukrainians have been forced from their homes and thousands of civilians have been killed or injured. At least 15 journalists and media workers have been killed covering the war and CPJ is investigating whether the deaths of two others were related to their journalism. Local journalists in Ukraine have been forced to transform themselves into war correspondents, working through curfews and blackouts and relying on safety trainings and equipment to help them survive. Meanwhile in Russia, the country’s independent media have been gutted as scores of journalists have fled onerous new media restrictions in their homeland, and dozens of Belarusian journalists who had earlier found refuge in Ukraine from their own country’s media crackdown were forced to flee yet again.
CPJ has called for the protection of Ukrainian journalists, along with the international reporters and media workers who join them in covering the conflict.
For more detail about attacks on press freedom in the early stages of the conflict, read CPJ’s Russia-Ukraine Watch for round-ups published weekly between February and June 2022.
Click here for CPJ’s updates, in-depth reports, and statements on the invasion.