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Photo exhibition about the work of Ukrainian journalists during the war opens in Strasbourg

22.06.2022, 10:31
Pictured: journalist Slava Mavrychev working on a reportage from the liberated Husarvika village, April 2022. Photo by Maria Malevska
Pictured: journalist Slava Mavrychev working on a reportage from the liberated Husarvika village, April 2022. Photo by Maria Malevska

A joint photo exhibition #OntheFrontlineOfTruth on the work of Ukrainian journalists during the war, organized by the Institute of Mass Information, the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and PromoUkraïna opened on 21 June in Strasbourg, France.

The purpose of the exhibition is to draw attention to the crimes committed by the russian federation against the media and journalists, as well as to show the extremely dangerous conditions that journalists in Ukraine are working in.

According to IMI Executive Director Oksana Romanyuk, journalists have submitted more than 200 photos of their work to IMI. This is the first exhibition in a series organized by IMI outisde Ukraine in order to draw attention to the work of journalists in the country.

"The world needs to know what this war looks like and what journalism in Ukraine looks like now," she said.

The opening ceremony was attended by Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejcinovic Buric, PACE President Tiny Kox, Head of the Ukrainian Delegation to PACE Maria Mezentseva, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Borys Tarasyuk, member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Yevhenia Kravchuk.

"Press freedom and the protection of journalists must be defended and supported at all times, even in exceptional circumstances such as war. The Parliamentary Assembly condemns every act of violence and supports every action aimed at ensuring freedom of information and expression in the Council of Europe member states," said PACE President Tiny Kox.

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejcinovic Buric noted that attacks on journalists are a war crime and that everything should be done to investigate them and bring the perpetrators to justice.

"Since the beginning of the gross, illegal, and ongoing aggression of the russian federation, many Ukrainian media outlets have closed down, TV towers have come under fire, filming crews have been attacked. The number of journalists who were injured, tortured, and killed is growing constantly. Many journalists have gone missing. It is not just tragic and horrible. Targeting journalists, people who are not directly taking part in the hostilities, is a war crime. Where such crimes have been committed, every effort should be made to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators. Of course, our Organization supports Ukrainian journalists," said Marija Pejcinovic Buric.

Свої фотографії надали журналісти: Стас Козлюк, В’ячеслав Мавричев, Сергій Нужненко, Марія Малевська, Олександр Хоменко, Олександр Ратушняк, Настя Станко, Мар’ян Кушнір, Аліна Клименко, Інна Варениця, Ніколєтта Стоянова, Андрій Крамченков, Антон Скиба, Олег Петрасюк, Влад Мусієнко, Юрій Руденко, Олексій Братущак, Олександр Медведєв, В'ячеслав Ратинський, Стас Юрченко, Богдан Кутєпов, Марчін Сюдер, Мстислав Чернов, Nathan Vander Klippe.

Journalists Stas Kozliuk, Vyacheslav Mavrychev, Serhiy Nuzhnenko, Maria Malevska, Oleksandr Khomenko, Oleksandr Ratushnyak, Nastya Stanko, Maryan Kushnir, Alina Klymenko, Inna Varenytsya, Nikoletta Stoyanova, Andriy Kramchenkov, Anton Skyba, Oleh Petrasyuk, Vlad Musienko, Yuriy Rudenko, Oleksiy Bratuschak, Oleksandr Medvedev, Vyacheslav Ratynskyy, Stas Yurchenko, Bohdan Kutepov, Marcin Suder, Mstyslav Chernov provided their photos for the exhibition.

Photos of these heroic journalists at work show the inhumane atrocities of wartime: the deliberate military attacks on civilian infrastructure and civilians, the torture and murder of civilians. russian troops are constantly employing heavy weapons and ammunition designed to massacre civilians.

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