26th April 2022
By Wendy Collinson

EJN supports the Perugia Declaration for Ukraine

“The International Journalism Festival and members and partners of the Global Forum for Media Development call for increased support of independent media and journalists in Ukraine.”

The Perugia Declaration for Ukraine was launched at 12:00 CET on 9 April 2022 at a panel discussion organised by the Thomson Foundation on “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: how local journalists are telling the story for their communities and the world” in Sala San Francesco, Arcivescovado, Perugia. To date, the declaration has been signed by nearly 200 media organisations, including the Ethical Journalism Network.

The declaration features calls for action to international media and journalists; private and public donors and funders of professional journalism; the EU, EU member states, members of the Media Freedom Coalition and all states that care about the right to freedom of expression and access to information; and to technology, telecoms, internet intermediaries and advertisers

The declaration is also available in Arabic, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Ukrainian, Belarussian and Russian.

Perugia Declaration for Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has underlined once again the essential role of independent, ethical journalism in assisting citizens to make life-or-death decisions, informing the world, and holding the powerful to account.

As a powerful antidote to the disinformation and propaganda that characterise hybrid warfare, and as a pillar of democracy upon which other freedoms and rights depend, journalism in Ukraine is undergoing a terrible assault.

The targeting, torturing, and killing of journalists is abhorrent and must be stopped. Those responsible must be held accountable and brought to justice under national and international law. Vicious online attacks against news organisations and individual journalists must also cease. We condemn Russia’s attacks on press freedom and freedom of expression in Ukraine in the strongest possible terms.

The safety and security of all journalists to report freely are essential to ensure that the world understands the reality and facts of the ongoing war, including the humanitarian consequences.

We stand in solidarity with all journalists and independent media covering Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

The greater the threat to Ukrainian journalists’ lives, livelihoods, and ability to do their jobs, the greater will be our efforts to support them. Funding, protective gear, equipment, housing, training, office space in foreign cities, and psychosocial support – we will do everything we can to support our Ukrainian colleagues’ ability to continue reporting and serving the urgent needs of their audiences.

A window of opportunity for journalism and journalists everywhere

In countries with access to independent sources of news, an often sceptical public are recognising the bravery, commitment and professionalism of journalists and media outlets, both Ukrainian and international. Even governments with hostile dispositions to free, independent media are being forced to acknowledge the vital role journalism plays in ensuring that the world sees the invasion of Ukraine for what it is. Tech companies too are waking up to the fact that not all information is equal, and that there is a moral imperative to give due prominence to professional, independent, public interest journalism.

This nascent, new-found and rekindled recognition of journalism’s value among the public and policy makers is fragile. Ukrainian reporters and international journalists reporting from Ukraine have earned a window of opportunity. The greatest leaps of progress are often made in times of crisis. We, collectively, cannot afford to squander it.

For the sake of the immediate future and safety of our Ukrainian colleagues, and the long term viability of independent, public interest journalism everywhere, this is a moment that we all need to rise to.

For the benefit of media and journalists everywhere, we:

  • Insist that states and armed groups must release all imprisoned and kidnapped journalists, including those detained or sentenced under the guise of prohibiting defamation or countering terrorism;
  • Acknowledge that many conflicts and crises have at times not received the united, rapid and sustained response that our collective conscience demands;
  • Affirm that field producers are journalists not “fixers” – their language skills, cultural and regional understanding and strong networks of contacts are crucial to international reporting and deserve the same rights, respect, support, social security and credit as all journalists covering conflicts.
  • Commit to intensifying our efforts to support journalists in conflict zones, in exile, and facing hardship everywhere, including independent media/journalists from Belarus and Russia who have been forced to flee their countries;
  • Russia’s crackdown on dissent; its attacks against press freedom; its intimidation of independent journalism – these actions are forcing journalists who remain committed to truth-telling and free speech into silence or exile. Russian people are being denied access to the truth.

To international media and journalists, we ask that you:

  • Where legally permitted, provide surplus personal protective equipment to organisations able to transport this to Ukraine;
  • Draw attention to the social insecurity of Ukrainian field producers and translators’ who help foreign media by providing them with proper pay, insurance and additional safety guarantees;
  • Wherever possible make safety training available to Ukrainian journalists and to all journalists, including freelancers reporting from Ukraine, and “show the same concern for the welfare and safety of freelancers, local journalists and media workers as they do for their staff” including providing the same protective equipment to Ukrainian colleagues as to international reporters;
  • Open your doors to displaced journalists and newsrooms. Give them somewhere to work from. Hire them if you can afford to;
  • Listen to the calls of Ukrainian colleagues to use appropriate and accurate language when reporting on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, consistent with the ethical standards of independent journalism.

To private and public donors and funders of professional journalism, we ask that you

  • Urgently increase and provide flexible financial support to media that produce independent, ethical journalism, enabling them to hire or keep paying reporters, editors, and producers who are reporting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine;
  • When you fund journalism, remember, journalism is a public good. It is an end in itself, a pillar of democracy upon which many other freedoms and rights depend. Do not undermine its independence by seeking to instrumentalise it as a tool of strategic communication or as a means to achieve other development objectives. Treat it with the respect it deserves and follow the well-established best practices and guidance on effective support to journalism;
  • Simplify the process of applying for funding in emergencies: Application forms must be in local languages and should not require large amounts of internet data by requiring numerous files to be uploaded;
  • Ensure that media and journalism are included in all aid coordination mechanisms;
  • Provide support not just for newsrooms, but individual journalists and freelancers from Ukraine, as well as via mechanisms of fellowships or content production projects;
  • Consider providing not only financial support, but also methodological and technical support. This can be the transfer of equipment for affected editors, training or publication of methodological materials.

To the EU, EU member states, members of the Media Freedom Coalition and all states that care about the right to freedom of expression and access to information to

  • Provide emergency visas and safe havens for Ukrainian journalists, as well as an independent journalists from Belarus and Russia, to re-establish their bases of operations and continue reporting;
  • Condemn and push back against the trend of criminalising journalism, a hallmark of creeping authoritarianism in many parts of the world. Journalism is not a crime;
  • Use all multilateral fora to defend the rights of journalists and advance their protection as civilians under international humanitarian law, particularly in the context of Russia’s war on Ukraine;
  • Contribute to all efforts to investigate and bring to justice cases of journalists targeted in this war.

To technology, telecoms, internet intermediaries and advertisers, we ask you to

  • Work with the media and journalism community to identify, protect and uplift independent, ethical journalism, fact-checking, and media literacy efforts;
  • Prevent automated takedowns of journalistic content documenting evidence of international crimes of aggression, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious human rights violations. These need to be available for journalists, fact-checkers, investigators and other stakeholders to effectively bring perpetrators to account and end impunity. Strengthen transparency and notice procedures, expedite appeal and remedy;
  • Reverse commercial incentives – both through algorithms and content moderation policies – that discriminate against public-interest journalism’s ability to reach audiences and monetise high-quality content;
  • Work with advertisers to stop the use of blacklist technology to block ads from appearing next to journalism and news media stories that mention conflicts like Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic and other critical health and social issues;
  • Deliver internet accessibility to all: prioritise maintaining internet accessibility and connectivity, and promote the right to access information.

We continue to stand in solidarity with all journalists around the world who work in areas of conflict or where freedom of expression is limited, to deliver trusted information in the public interest.

Signatories (organisations):

  1. ACOS Alliance
  2. Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC)
  3. Ahval News
  4. Albanian Media Institute (AMI)
  5. Anglo-Magyar Training & Media
  6. ARTICLE 19
  7. Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (Abraji)
  8. Association des journalistes européens – France
  9. Association Générale des Journalistes Professionnels de Belgique (AGJPB)
  10. Association Luxembourgeoise des Journalistes Professionnels (ALJP)
  11. Association of Austrian Community Broadcasters
  12. Association of Caribbean Media Workers
  13. Association of Freelance Journalists in Finland (AFJ)
  14. Association of Independent Press (API)
  15. Association of Professional Journalists of Albania (APJA)
  16. AW Free Foundation
  17. BaleBengong (Indonesia)
  18. Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)
  19. Baltic Internet Policy Initiative
  20. Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication
  21. Bayraqdar.info
  22. BBC Media Action
  23. Belarus In Focus Information Office
  24. Belarusian Association of Journalists
  25. Belmont Community Media Center
  26. Blueprint for Free Speech
  27. Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers
  28. Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJ)
  29. Bundesverband Bürgermedien (bvbm) e. V.
  30. Bylines Networks Limited
  31. Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma
  32. Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF)
  33. CFI Medias
  34. Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ)
  35. Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD)
  36. Circular Initiatives Roadmap (CIR)
  37. Coda Story
  38. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  39. Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE)
  40. Community Media Solutions (CMS)
  42. CREOpoint
  43. The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation
  44. Daraj Media
  45. Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
  46. Dela0.ro
  47. Detector Media, Ukraine
  48. Deutscher Journalisten-Verband
  49. Deutsche Journalistinnen- und Journalisten-Union (dju) in ver.di
  50. Digital Content Next
  51. DJV Thüringen
  52. Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ)
  53. DW Akademie
  54. elDiario.es
  56. Ethical Journalism Network (EJN)
  57. European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
  58. European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  59. European Journalism Centre (EJC)
  60. European Press Prize
  61. Fathm
  62. Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE)
  63. FeSMC-UGT Agrupación de Periodistas de UGT
  64. Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (Vikes)
  65. Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
  66. Freedom Forum (Nepal)
  67. Fojo Media Institute
  68. Fondation Hirondelle
  69. ForSet (Georgia)
  70. Forum Newspaper SL
  71. Foundation “Souspilnist”, Ukraine
  72. Frontline Freelance Register
  73. Fundación Gabo
  74. Future Makers Team
  75. Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation / Ukrainian Media Fund
  77. Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  78. Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)
  79. Global Voices Advox
  80. Global Youth & News Media
  81. The GroundTruth Project
  82. Hungarian Press Union
  83. IFEX
  84. Impressum – Swiss Journalist’s Federation
  85. Independent Association of Georgian Journalists
  86. Independent Journalism Center, Moldova
  87. Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia
  88. Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine
  89. Independent Trade Union of Journalist and Media Workers – North Macedonia
  90. Institut Panos Grands Lacs
  91. Institute for Regional Media and Information (IRMI, Ukraine)
  92. Institute of Communication Studies
  93. Institute of Mass Information, Ukraine
  94. International Academy Serbia
  95. International Center for Journalists
  96. International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
  97. International Institute – International Media Center
  98. International Media Support (IMS)
  99. International Press Institute (IPI)
  100. Internews
  101. Internews Ukraine
  102. International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)
  103. International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
  104. Investigate Europe
  105. Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union (Russia)
  106. Journalists Trade Union of Azerbaijan
  107. Journo.com.tr
  108. Jnomics Media
  109. Lithuanian Journalists Union
  110. Lithuanian National Television and Radio (LRT)
  111. Lviv Media Forum
  112. Locals.md
  113. Macroscope London
  114. Maharat Foundation
  115. Magdalene
  116. Media Action Nepal (MAN)
  117. Media Association for Peace (MAP)
  118. MediaConsulting Fund
  119. MediaDataLab
  120. Media Development Investment Fund
  121. Media Diversity Institute (MDI)
  122. Media Impact Funders
  123. Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT)
  124. Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
  125. MediaLab.NRW
  126. MediaSind – Romanian Trade Union of Journalists
  127. Mediastandard.ro
  128. Mensagem de Lisboa
  129. Namibia Media Trust (NMT)
  130. National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU)
  131. NEO NEWS HD
  132. New Narratives
  133. NewsPrice
  134. Norwegian Union of Journalists
  135. Northern Studio
  136. One World Media
  137. Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
  138. Ossigeno.Informazione
  139. Outriders
  140. Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
  141. Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf)
  142. Paper Trail Media
  143. PEN America
  144. Press Club Brussels Europe
  145. Press Workers Trade Union Cyprus
  146. Project Syndicate
  147. Public Interest Journalism Lab
  148. Public Interest News Foundation
  149. Public Media Alliance (PMA)
  150. Pulitzer Center
  151. Radio Ambulante Studios
  152. Radio Bullets
  153. Refugee Journalism Project
  154. Report for America
  155. Report for the World
  156. Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  157. RIA Media Corporation (Ukraine)
  158. Ruh Erk Media – Рух Эрк Медиа (Kyrgyzstan)
  159. Russia Behind Bars
  160. Samir Kassir Foundation – SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom
  161. Searchlight Development Action – Cameroon
  162. Sindicato dos Jornalistas (Portugal)
  163. Social Weaver
  164. Society for creative initiative – Rekreakta, Belgrade
  165. Society of Journalists, Warsaw
  166. SOM School Of Media
  167. South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
  168. Stowarzyszenie Dziennikarzy Rzeczypospolitej Polskie (SDRP)
  169. SyriaUntold
  170. Tanzania Media Practitioners Association
  171. TerminiTV
  172. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  173. THE CITY
  174. The Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA)
  175. The Daily Shahnama
  176. The Fix Media
  177. The Frontline Club (The Frontline Club Charitable Trust)
  178. The Fuller Project
  179. The Ukrainians Media
  180. The VII Foundation
  181. The University of Georgia
  182. Thomson Foundation
  183. Thomson Reuters Foundation
  184. Trade Union of Croatian Journalists
  185. Transitions
  186. Turkish Association of Journalists (GCD)
  187. Uganda Journalist Union (UJU)
  188. Vlaamse Vereniging van Journalisten (VVJ)
  189. Voxeurop
  190. Will Media
  191. Women4europe
  192. World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
  193. World Editors Forum
  194. World Press Freedom Canada
  195. The University of Georgia
  196. Union of Journalists in Finland
  197. Zamaneh Media
  198. Zerkalo.io (Belarus)

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Signatories (individuals: speakers, attendees and friends of the International Journalism Festival):

  1. Abiodun Salawu, Professor and Research Director, Indigenous Language Media in Africa, North-West University, South Africa
  2. Ahmad Quraishi, Executive Director, Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC)
  3. Aidan O’Rourke, Content Creator, New Europeans
  4. Alan Dench, Director, Clinical Compliance Services
  5. Alan Hick, EU Director, New Europeans International
  6. Alessandro Tommasi, Co-founder and CEO, Will Media
  7. Alia Papageorgiou, President, Press Club Brussels Europe
  8. Alvin Sold, Honorary President, European Newspaper Publishers’ Association
  9. Ana Dubeli, Editor in Chief, Locals.md
  10. Andreï Jvirblis, Board member, Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union (Russia)
  11. Andrii Beliakov, Website Owner, Journalist, Bucha.city
  12. Angelina Fusco, Chair Dart Centre Europe
  13. Anna Masera, Vice Director, Giornale di Brescia
  14. Anne Parry, Segretaria MFE Valpolicella, Movimento Federalista Europeo
  15. Antonina Cherevko, Head of the Independent Media Council, Ukraine
  16. Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation
  17. Anya Schiffrin, Senior Lecturer, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs
  18. Arnold Cassola, Columnist, former MP and former Sec. Gen. of the European Green Party
  19. Artem Liss, Flying Fox Media Ltd.
  20. Assia Chaneva, Editor, Bulgarian National Radio
  21. Astrid Maier, Chief Editor, XING
  22. Baybars Orsek, Director, International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)
  23. Benedetta Tobagi, Writer and Researcher
  24. Bill Orme, CEO, Emro Associates
  25. Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and Adjunct Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School
  26. Carlos Eduardo Huertas, Director, CONNECTAS
  27. Caroline Nursey OBE, Chief Executive Officer, BBC Media Action
  28. Caroline Brown, member, Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats
  29. Catarina Carvalho, Founder and editor, Mensagem de Lisboa
  30. Charlie Beckett, Director, Polis, LSE
  31. Charlotte Lindberg, Editor/host, Yle (Finnish broadcasting company)
  32. Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director, World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA
  33. Courtney Radsch, Tech and media policy expert
  34. Daniela Pinheiro, Columnist, UOL
  35. Darrin Zammit Lupi, Contractor Photographer, Reuters
  36. David Hoffman, Founder of Internews and Chairman Emeritus of GFMD, Internews
  37. Dilfuza Mirzakhmedova, Director, MediaDataLab
  38. Dmytro Tuzov, host “Radio NV”
  39. Elisabeth Fondren, Assistant Professor of Journalism, St. John’s University New York
  40. Elodie Vialle, Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society (Harvard)
  41. Emre Kızılkaya, Editor of Journo.com.tr and chair of IPI Turkey.
  42. Erick Torrico, Coordinator of Democratic Communication Project, UNIR Bolivia Foundation
  43. Fergus Bell, CEO, Fathm
  44. Floriana Bulfon, Freelance Journalist
  45. Francesca Milano,Chora Media
  46. Francesco Filippi, Historian, Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino
  47. Francesco Zaffarano, Editor-in-chief, Will Media
  48. François Nel, Reader in Media Innovation, University of Central Lancashire
  49. Gabriela Preda, Freelance Journalist
  50. Giangiacomo Ceresara, Communication Specialist, Arriva (Deutsche Bahn)
  51. Gian-Paolo Accardo, Editor-in-chief, Voxeurop
  52. Gilles Demptos, Director for Asia-Pacific, Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA-Asia)
  53. Giulia Blasi, Freelance writer
  54. Grazia Li Greci, Content Specialist, K-agency
  55. Gypsy Guillén Kaiser, Advocacy and Communications Director, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  56. Heather Bakken, President, World Press Freedom Canada
  57. Ilie Pintea, War Correspondent, Radio România Actualități
  58. India Bouquerel, Editor-in-chief, Live Magazine
  59. Ingrid Hassler, Senior Producer (retired), BBC News
  60. Iryna Savchenko, Program manager regional, Internews
  61. Isabelle Roughol, Founder, Borderline
  62. Ivan Sigal, Executive Director, Global Voices
  63. Jakub Parusinski, Editor, The Fix Media
  64. James Ball, Global Editor, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  65. Jane Fieldsend, Member, New Europeans
  66. Jeanette Seiffert, Coordinator Media Development, DW Academie
  67. Jeffrey Hansell, Executive Director, Belmont Community Media Center
  68. Jennifer Ellis, Director, YW Ltd.
  69. Jessica Ní Mhainín, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Index on Censorship
  70. Jeremy Druker, Executive Director and Editor in Chief, Transitions
  71. Joanna Krawczyk, President of the Board, Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation / Ukrainian Media Fund
  72. John Crowley, Freelance journalist, Independent
  73. Jon Williams, Managing Director, RTÉ News
  74. Jorge Luis Sierra, President, Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers
  75. Joris van Duijne, Executive Director, Zamaneh Media
  76. José Luis Benítez, Independent, Independent media and journalism researcher
  77. Juleyka Lantigua, Founder/CEO, LWC Studios
  78. Dr Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research, ICFJ
  79. Juliet Lodge, Women4europe
  80. Lars Tallert, Head of Policy, Fojo Media Institute
  81. Leli Bibilashvili, Associate Dean, The University of Georgia
  82. Lucy Ekadu, President, Uganda Journalist Union (UJU)
  83. Luis Menéndez, International Delegate, Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE)
  84. Joseph Kamanda, Editor, Forum Newspaper SL
  85. Kathy English, Chair of Board, Canadian Journalism Foundation
  86. Kristian Porter, CEO, Public Media Alliance (PMA)
  87. Luc Steinberg, Head of operations, Media Diversity Institute (MDI)
  88. Marina Constantinoiu, Project Coordinator, EditiaDeDeminieata.ro
  89. Marina Walker Guevara, Pulitzer Center
  90. Mary Myers, independent researcher and media consultant
  91. Mae Azango, New Narratives and Front Page Africa
  92. Marcelo Rech, Journalist, President, Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJI)
  93. Maria Laura Franciosi, Journalist, Ossigeno.info
  94. Maria Toghina, Journalist, Radio Romania
  95. Marijana Matovic, Media researcher, Faculty of Political Sciences (University of Belgrade) and Society for creative initiative – Rekreakta
  96. Marius Dragomir, Director, Center for Media, Data & Society (CMDS)
  97. Marko Marković, Director of Communications, NaftogazTeplo
  98. Mattia Cursi, Cameraman, Vudio
  99. Melanie Bunce, Head of the Journalism Department, City University of London
  100. Melanie Walker, Executive Director, Media Development, WAN-IFRA
  101. Michele Palmieri, Freelance Journalist
  102. Milica Pesic, Director, Media Diversity Institute (MDI)
  103. Mira Milosevic, Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  104. Mushfig Alasgarli, Chairman, Azerbaijan Journalists Trade Union
  105. Naryn Aiyp, Deputy Chief Editor, NazarNews
  106. Natalia Antelava, Editor in Chief, Coda Media
  107. Nataliya Gumenyuk, CEO, Public Interest Journalism Lab
  108. Nataliya Marchuk, Assistant Professor, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Journalism Department
  109. Natia Kaladze, Dean, The University of Georgia
  110. Nino Macharashvili, Director, ForSet (Georgia)
  111. Olaf Steenfadt, Director, Journalism Trust Initiative, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  112. Olga Myrovych, Head, Lviv Media Forum
  113. Olga Romanova, Founder, Russia Behind Bars
  114. Owais Aslam Ali (Pakistan Press Foundation)
  115. Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor, EU Commission
  116. Prue Clarke, Director, New Narratives
  117. Rachel Danna, Deputy Managing Editor, Project Syndicate
  118. Rasha Abdulla, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, The American University in Cairo
  119. Rebecca Harms,Vice Chair, ECPMF
  120. Remzi Lani, Director, Albanian Media Institute
  121. Ricardo Corredor Cure, Chairman GFMD (2016-2021)
  122. Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  123. Rob Walker, Emeritus Professor, University of East Anglia
  124. Robin Wilson, Editor-in-chief, Social Europe
  125. Roger Casale, Secretary General, New Europeans International
  126. Sally Morgan, Vice-Chair, European Movement Wandsworth and Merton
  127. Sameer Padania, Director, Macroscope London
  128. Sebastian Scholz, Executive Director, DJV Thüringen
  129. Sergio Caringi, Director, Meeting with the International Press in Brazil
  130. Shawn McCarthy, Vice President, World Press Freedom Canada
  131. Silvia Boccardi, Journalist, Will Media
  132. Sophie Brown, Media consultant, Independent
  133. Stella Roque, Director of Community Engagement, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
  134. Steve Buckley, Community Media Solutions (CMS)
  135. Sudeshna Chanda, Program Officer, Zamaneh Media
  136. Taranath Dahal, CEO & Founder, Freedom Forum (Nepal)
  137. Taras Prokopyshyn, CEO and Co-Founder, The Ukrainians Media
  138. Tarik Jusic, Lecturer, University of New York in Prague (UNYP)
  139. Tom Law, Head of Policy and Learning, GFMD
  140. Tom Trewinnard, COO, Fathm
  141. Vasyl Stefanyk, Precarpathian National University, Journalism Department
  142. Victoria Bridges, Director, One World Media
  143. Victoria Oscarsson, Journalist, Yle (Finnish broadcasting company)
  144. Vincent Peyrègne, Chief Executive Officer, WAN-IFRA
  145. Virginia Stagni, Head of Business Development, Financial Times
  146. Vivienne Francis, Director, Refugee Journalism Project
  147. Vusumuzi Sifile, Executive Director, Panos Institute Southern Africa
  148. Wayne Robins, Adjunct Professor, St. John’s University
  149. Xanthe Scharff, Co-founder and CEO, The Fuller Project
  150. Yavuz Baydar, Editor-in-Chief, Ahval News
  151. Yazan Badran, Visiting professor, postdoctoral researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  152. Zaneta Trajkoska, Director, Institute of Communication Studies
  153. Zakhar Protsiuk, The Fix Media
  154. Zoe Titus, Director, Namibia Media Trust

More than 150 journalists and other private individuals have also supported this declaration. In order to protect their privacy, their names have not been added to the list.

This declaration was originally published by the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) and is republished here with permission. Read the original declaration. Main image reproduced here courtesy of the GFMD.


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