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Ministries of culture and defense appreciated contribution of journalists and called to adhere by rules in wartime

31.03.2022, 22:03

The contribution of Ukrainian and foreign media to the country's information policy in wartime is valuable, as the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense stated, but they urged the media to continue adhere by martial law rules so as not to endanger themselves and others.

This is stated in the joint statement of the ministries in support of the media.

The ministries promised that after the victory over the occupiers, they will work out "the necessary solutions for more effective interaction and improvement of the work of certain processes" together with journalists.

Here is the full statement:

“It is difficult to overestimate the work of a journalist in wartime. Working in combat zones, they are constantly in an atmosphere of fear and tension, risking their own lives to convey the most complete, true and unbiased picture of developments. 

It is important to be aware of the special role of the media in martial law and to respect the work of media professionals, because it is journalists who can make public certain facts of war crimes and humanitarian catastrophes, attracting the attention of the international community. 

Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the journalistic community has united and came forth against Russian propaganda, destroying the sick fantasies of Kremlin rhetorics.  

The Ukrainian state realizes and appreciates the contribution of Ukrainian and foreign media representatives to the country's information policy. After the victory over the occupiers, taking into account the experience gained, we will work together to develop the necessary solutions for more effective interaction and improve the work of individual processes. 

Under martial law, information must be balanced and portioned, as the enemy is constantly monitoring the information field to counter Ukrainian defenders. So, we call on the media to continue to follow the rules during martial law so as not to endanger themselves and others. And the public should avoid disclosing and getting into the network any data related to classified or security information, as this could significantly harm the Ukrainian military.  

Society must trust and support journalists and the military in their difficult work. The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine thank the representatives of the fourth government for their dedicated work, professionalism and fearlessness in covering the Russian aggression against Ukraine. Let's win together !.

As IMI reported, on March 28, journalists appealed to the authorities to stop harassing journalists and to develop transparent rules for covering Russian shelling.

" Due to systematic unsubstantiated statements by officials and official structures, the society began to see betrayal and "adjustment of fire" in the work of all journalists without exception, which is extremely harmful for Ukraine.

We call for immediate resolution of key issues which are necessary to improve the situation with the work of journalists in Ukraine.

, "the statement said.

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