Perugia Declaration for Ukraine

New Europeans joins The International Journalism Festival and members and partners of the Global Forum for Media Development  (GFMD) in calling for increased support of independent media and journalists in Ukraine.

The declaration is also available in Ukrainian,  Russian,  Italian and French 

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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.    ARTICLE 19

6.    Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (Abraji)

7.    Association des journalistes européens – France

8.    Association of Independent Press (API)

9.    BaleBengong (Indonesia)

10.Baltic Internet Policy Initiative

11.Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication

12.BBC Media Action

13.Belarusian Association of Journalists

14.Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers

15.Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma

16.Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF)

17.CFI Medias

18.Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ)

19.Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD)

20.Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

21.Community Media Solutions (CMS)


23.The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation

24.Daraj Media

25.Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

26.Detector Media, Ukraine

27.Digital Content Next

28.DW Akademie

30.Ethical Journalism Network (EJN)

31.European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

32.European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

33.European Journalism Centre (EJC)


35.Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (Vikes)

36.Free Press Unlimited (FPU)

37.Fojo Media Institute

38.Fundación Gabo

39.Fondation Hirondelle

40.Foundation “Souspilnist”, Ukraine

41.Giangiacomo Ceresara, Communication Specialist, Arriva (Deutsche Bahn)

42.Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

43.Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)

44.Global Youth & News Media

45.The GroundTruth Project


47.Independent Journalism Center, Moldova

48.Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine

49.Institut Panos Grands Lacs

50.Institute for Regional Media and Information (IRMI, Ukraine)

51.Institute of Mass Information, Ukraine

52.International Academy Serbia

53.International Center for Journalists

54.International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

55.International Institute – International Media Center

56.International Media Support (IMS)

57.International Press Institute (IPI)


59.Internews Ukraine

60.International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)

61.Jnomics Media

62.Lviv Media Forum

63.Maharat Foundation


65.Marko Marković, Director of Communications, NaftogazTeplo

66.Media Association for Peace (MAP)

67.Media Development Investment Fund

68.Media Diversity Institute (MDI)

69.Media Impact Funders

70.Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)

72.Namibia Media Trust (NMT)

73.National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU)


75.New Europeans International

76.New Narratives

77.Northern Studio

78.One World Media

79.Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

80.Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

81.Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf)

82.Paper Trail Media

83.Public Interest Journalism Lab

84.Public Interest News Foundation

85.Public Media Alliance (PMA)

86.Pulitzer Center

87.Radio Ambulante Studios

88.Radio Bullets

89.Report for America

90.Report for the World

91.Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

92.RIA Media Corporation (Ukraine)

93.Samir Kassir Foundation – SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom

94.Searchlight Development Action – Cameroon

95.Splice Media

96.Social Weaver

97.South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)



100.               The Fix Media

101.               The Frontline Club (The Frontline Club Charitable Trust)

102.               The Ukrainians Media

103.               The VII Foundation

104.               The University of Georgia

105.               Thomson Foundation

106.               Transitions

107.               VIJESTI, Media House

108.               Voxeurop

109.               Will Media

110.               World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)

111.               World Editors Forum

112.               The University of Georgia

113.               Union of Journalists in Finland

114.               Zamaneh Media

Add your organisation as a signature to the declaration using this very short sign up form.

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.    Alan Soon, Co-funder, Splice Media

4.    Alessandro Tommasi, Co-founder and CEO, Will Media

5.    Andrii Beliakov, Website Owner, Journalist,

6.    Angelina Fusco, Chair Dart Centre Europe

7.    Anna Masera, Vice Director, Giornale di Brescia

8.    Antonina Cherevko, Head of the Independent Media Council, Ukraine

9.    Anya Schiffrin, Senior Lecturer, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

10.Artem Liss, Flying Fox Media Ltd.

11.Astrid Maier, Chief Editor, XING

12.Baybars Orsek, Director, International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)

13.Benedetta Tobagi, Writer and Researcher

14.Bill Orme, CEO, Emro Associates

15.Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and Adjunct Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

16.Carlos Eduardo Huertas, Director, CONNECTAS

17.Caroline Nursey OBE, Chief Executive Officer, BBC Media Action

18.Charlie Beckett, Director, Polis, LSE

19.Charlotte Lindberg, Editor/host, Yle (Finnish broadcasting company)

20.Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director, World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA

21.Courtney Radsch, Tech and media policy expert

22.Daniela Pinheiro, Columnist, UOL

23.Dmytro Tuzov, host “Radio NV”

24.Elisabeth Fondren, Assistant Professor of Journalism, St. John’s University New York

25.Fergus Bell, CEO, Fathm

26.Floriana Bulfon, Freelance Journalist

27.Francesca Milano,Chora Media

28.Francesco Filippi, Historian, Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino

29.Francesco Zaffarano, Editor-in-chief, Will Media

30.François Nel, Reader in Media Innovation, University of Central Lancashire

31.Gabriela Preda, Freelance Journalist

32.Gian-Paolo Accardo, Editor-in-chief, Voxeurop

33.Gilles Demptos, Director for Asia-Pacific, Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA-Asia)

34.Giulia Blasi, Freelance writer

35.Grazia Li Greci, Content Specialist, K-agency

36.Gypsy Guillén Kaiser, Advocacy and Communications Director, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

37.Ilie Pintea, War Correspondent, Radio România Actualități

38.India Bouquerel, Editor-in-chief, Live Magazine

39.Iryna Savchenko, Program manager regional, Internews

40.Isabelle Roughol, Founder, Borderline

41.Jakub Parusinski, Editor, The Fix Media

42.Jeremy Druker, Executive Director and Editor in Chief, Transitions

43.John Crowley, Freelance journalist, Independent

44.Jorge Luis Sierra, President, Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers

45.Joris van Duijne, Executive Director, Zamaneh Media

46.José Luis Benítez, Independent, Independent media and journalism researcher

47.Juleyka Lantigua, Founder/CEO, LWC Studios

48.Dr Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research, ICFJ

49.Lars Tallert, Head of Policy, Fojo Media Institute

50.Leli Bibilashvili, Associate Dean, The University of Georgia

51.Kathy English, Chair of Board, Canadian Journalism Foundation

52.Kristian Porter, CEO, Public Media Alliance (PMA)

53.Luc Steinberg, Head of operations, Media Diversity Institute (MDI)

54.Marina Constantinoiu, Project Coordinator,

55.Marina Walker Guevara, Pulitzer Center

56.Mary Myers, independent researcher and media consultant

57.Mae Azango, New Narratives and Front Page Africa

58.Marcelo Rech, Journalist, President, Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJI)

59.Maria Toghina, Journalist, Radio Romania

60.Marius Dragomir, Director, Center for Media, Data & Society (CMDS)

61.Mattia Cursi, Cameraman, Vudio

62.Melanie Walker, Executive Director, Media Development, WAN-IFRA

63.Michele Palmieri, Freelance Journalist

64.Milica Pesic, Director, Media Diversity Institute (MDI)

65.Mira Milosevic, Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

66.Natalia Antelava, Editor in Chief, Coda Media

67.Nataliya Gumenyuk, CEO, Public Interest Journalism Lab

68.Nataliya Marchuk, Assistant Professor, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Journalism Department

69.Natia Kaladze, Dean, The University of Georgia

70.Olaf Steenfadt, Director, Journalism Trust Initiative, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

71.Olga Myrovych, Head, Lviv Media Forum

72.Owais Aslam Ali (Pakistan Press Foundation)

73.Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor, EU Commission

74.Prue Clarke, Director, New Narratives

75.Rebecca Harms,Vice Chair, ECPMF

76.Remzi Lani, Director, Albanian Media Institute

77.Sergio Caringi, Director, Meeting with the International Press in Brazil

78.Silvia Boccardi, Journalist, Will Media

79.Sophie Brown, Media consultant, Independent

80.Steve Buckley, Community Media Solutions (CMS)

81.Taras Prokopyshyn, CEO and Co-Founder, The Ukrainians Media

82.Tom Law, Head of Policy and Learning, GFMD

83.Tom Trewinnard, COO, Fathm

84.Vasyl Stefanyk, Precarpathian National University, Journalism Department

85.Victoria Bridges, Director, One World Media

86.Victoria Oscarsson, Journalist, Yle (Finnish broadcasting company)

87.Vincent Peyrègne, Chief Executive Officer, WAN-IFRA

88.Virginia Stagni, Head of Business Development, Financial Times

89.Vusumuzi Sifile, Executive Director, Panos Institute Southern Africa

90.Yavuz Baydar, Editor-in-Chief, Ahval News

91.Yazan Badran, Visiting professor, postdoctoral researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

92.Zakhar Protsiuk, The Fix Media

93.Zeljko Ivanovic, President of the Board, VIJESTI Media House

94.Zoe Titus, Director, Namibia Media Trust

Add your name to the declaration using this very short sign up form.

Contact details: Tom Law, Head of Policy and Learning GFMD, [email protected]
Press contacts: [email protected] +38163214478

Check out Perugia Declaration for Ukraine in Italian (Dichiarazione di Perugia per l’Ucraina), Ukrainian (Перуджійська декларація у підтримку України) and Russian (Перуджийская декларация в поддержку Украины).

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