Media Movement calls on the world's media organizations to seek punishment for russian propagandists as war criminals
Media Movement – a union of Ukrainian media, journalists, and CSOs – calls on the world's journalistic organizations and national media associations to condemn russian propagandists, as did the Polish Journalists Association.
This is stated in the Media Movement's address, published by Detector Media.
Media Movement reminded that on August 24, 2022, the Polish Journalists Association published a resolute statement regarding russian propagandists, who should face responsibility as war criminals. The Polish journalists said that kremlin propagandists should be held accountable to the same extent as the russian military for their calls for murdering Ukrainians, for justifying the russian army's war crimes, and for misinforming the russian people and the global community.
"russian propagandists posing as journalists, such as Margarita Simonyan, Vladimir Solovyov, Dmitriy Kiselyov, Olga Skabeeva, and many others, should be tried as war criminals after the fall of putin's regime," our Polish colleagues said in their statement.
Media Movement calls on the world's journalistic organizations and national media associations to support the Polish Journalists Association's stance and "to stand as a united front to seek just punishment for all those whose efforts keep the kremlin's propaganda machine running at full capacity and lead to hundreds of innocent victims and destruction every day."
For reference. Media Movement "Media for Informed Choice" is a community that unites journalists of leading Ukrainian media, investigative journalists, and experts of media CSOs. Media Movement was founded on February 5, 2019. The first signatories of Media Movement's memorandum were UA: Pershy, Ukrainske Radio, Hromadske Radio, Ukrinform NA, Interfax-Ukraine NA, Liga.net, Dzerkalo Tyzhnia. Ukraine, NV, Censor.net, Channel 5, Ukrainsky Tyzhden, Opinion, a number of regional media outlets, and CSOs such as the Independent Media Council, Detector Media, Institute of Mass Information, Internews Ukraine, Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law, Souspilnist Foundation, National Media Association, Donetsk Institute of Information, Pylyp Orlyk Institute of Democracy, Zmina Human Rights Centre. Later, it was joined by Bukvy, as well as other organizations and individual journalists – over 70 participants in total.
On November 16, 2021, leading media outlets' representatives called on journalists to unite in a professional community to resist political and commercial pressure on freedom of speech. The statement was initiated by 29 journalists and experts whose names are available here.
The unification process of the two initiatives is currently underway. The full list of members of the updated organization will be made public immediately after the Media Movement's formalization. Currently, the movement's initiators are developing the organization's rules, structure, and internal regulations.
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