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Ukrainian media community calls to bring russian propagandists to justice

07.09.2022, 21:15
Illustration by Anton Shyshenok / hromadske
Illustration by Anton Shyshenok / hromadske

Representatives of the Ukrainian media community call on the global community to bring to justice not only servicemen of the russian occupier army, but also the so-called "journalists" who are in fact mouthpieces of kremlin propaganda.

This is said in the media organizations' statement.

The authors of the statement note that the responsibility for the barbaric crimes committed by the russian invaders on the territory of independent Ukraine lies not only on the immediate perpetrators, but also on the propagandists who are winding a spiral of hatred for the entire Ukrainian people.

"Olga Skabeeva, Vladimir Solovyov, Dmitry Kiselyov, Margarita Simonyan are just the iceberg's tip when it comes to the flock of liars and raiders pretending to be journalists. Behind them are hundreds, if not thousands, of workers of today's Goebbelsian machine. Inciting international enmity, fraud, lies, misinformation and justifying the murder of tens of thousands of innocent people cannot be considered journalism, and the state centers of russian propaganda will never become mass media. Every russian propagandist who has contributed to the creation of this factory of evil must duly bear full responsibility at an international tribunal," the statement reads.

Media organizations pointed out that this year's Congress of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Oman recognized that "most of the 'russian media' incite hysteria and enmity," and the Congress of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) noted that among "those responsible for inciting war... are journalists, managers, employees of the federal and local mass media, who deliberately worked and are working to strengthen the dictatorial regime, violating all professional standards."

"We call on the world's journalistic organizations and national media associations of various countries to put consistent pressure on state governments and international institutions in order to recognize all representatives of the kremlin's machine of lies as guilty of genocide of the Ukrainian people and of crimes against the peace and security of mankind.

"Today, the global journalistic community is faced with a dramatic choice – to withstand the onslaught of propaganda and preserve the profession, the trust of its audience or... to keep allowing propagandists to call themselves journalists and mock journalistic standards," the statement reads.

The statement was signed by:

Natalia Lihachova, Detector Media

Oksana Romaniuk, Institute of Mass Information

Oleksiy Pohorelov, Commission on Journalistic Ethics

Serhiy Tomilenko, National Union of Journalists of Ukraine

Serhiy Shturkhetsky, Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine

The statement is open for signing. To put your signature under it, please submit an admission of support for the Ukrainian Media Community's Statement to [email protected] in the following format: first name / last name / organization (media).

As IMI reported, on September 2, the Media Movement – a union of Ukrainian media, journalists, and CSOs – called on the world's journalistic organizations and national media associations to condemn russian propagandists, as did the Polish Journalists Association.

On August 24, the Polish Journalists Association called to try russian propagandists who are "inciting a spiral of hatred against the attack victim Ukraine" as war criminals.

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