IFJ/EFJ Issue Urgent Media Safety Advice Amid Crisis in Ukraine

4th March, 2014

Following reports of the escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have issued an urgent safety advisory urging journalists covering events in Ukraine to exercise utmost caution.

Over 160 journalists have been injured since the beginning of the Ukraine’s political crisis in November 2013, while journalist Vyacheslaqv Vereymi died after being brutally attacked in February.

Given the many brutal attacks against journalists in Ukraine in recent months and the ever increasing tensions in the country, we urge journalists covering events to remain mindful of their safety at all times and to ensure they take every step necessary protect themselves. No story is worth the loss of a life,” said IFJ President Jim Boumelha.

Detailed Safety Guidelines can be downloaded from the IFJ website. For more details on Ukraine, please consult the IFJ Ukraine Crisis campaign page

The NUJ advice is that photographers and videographers should undertake Hostile Environment Training BEFORE covering a conflict like that in Ukraine.

For more information, please contact IFJ on +32 2 235 22 17
The IFJ represents more than 600 000 journalists in 134 countries

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