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Perugia Declaration for Ukraine – 3 May 2022

On World Press Freedom Day May 3, 2022, the International Journalism Festival and members and partners of the Global Forum for Media Development call for increased support of independent media and journalists in Ukraine.

#PerugiaDeclaration4Ukraine

Background information about the declaration.

Sign the declaration here.

Posted by: Communications Gfmd | 3. May 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has underlined once again the essential role of independent, ethical journalism in assisting citizens to make life-or-death decisions, informing the world, and holding the powerful to account.

As a powerful antidote to the disinformation and propaganda that characterise hybrid warfare, and as a pillar of democracy upon which other freedoms and rights depend, journalism in Ukraine is undergoing a terrible assault.

The targeting [1], torturing [2], and killing [3] of journalists is abhorrent and must be stopped. Those responsible must be held accountable and brought to justice under national and international law. Vicious online attacks against news organisations and individual journalists must also cease. We condemn Russia’s attacks on press freedom and freedom of expression in Ukraine in the strongest possible terms.

The safety and security of all journalists to report freely are essential to ensure that the world understands the reality and facts of the ongoing war, including the humanitarian consequences.

We stand in solidarity with all journalists and independent media covering Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

The greater the threat to Ukrainian journalists’ lives, livelihoods, and ability to do their jobs, the greater will be our efforts to support them. Funding, protective gear, equipment, housing, training, office space in foreign cities, and psychosocial support – we will do everything we can to support our Ukrainian colleagues’ ability to continue reporting and serving the urgent needs of their audiences.

A window of opportunity for journalism and journalists everywhere

In countries with access to independent sources of news, an often sceptical public [4] are recognising the bravery, commitment and professionalism of journalists and media outlets, both Ukrainian and international. Even governments with hostile dispositions to free, independent media are being forced to acknowledge the vital role journalism plays in ensuring that the world sees the invasion of Ukraine for what it is. Tech companies too are waking up to the fact that not all information is equal, and that there is a moral imperative to give due prominence to professional, independent, public interest journalism.

This nascent, new-found and rekindled recognition of journalism’s value among the public and policy makers is fragile. Ukrainian reporters and international journalists reporting from Ukraine have earned a window of opportunity. The greatest leaps of progress are often made in times of crisis. We, collectively, cannot afford to squander it.

For the sake of the immediate future and safety of our Ukrainian colleagues, and the long term viability of independent, public interest journalism everywhere [5], this is a moment that we all need to rise to.

For the benefit of media and journalists everywhere, we:

  • Insist that states and armed groups must release all imprisoned and kidnapped journalists, including those detained or sentenced under the guise of prohibiting defamation or countering terrorism;
  • Acknowledge that many conflicts and crises have at times not received the united, rapid and sustained response that our collective conscience demands;
  • Affirm that field producers are journalists not “fixers” [6] – their language skills, cultural and regional understanding and strong networks of contacts are crucial to international reporting and deserve the same rights, respect, support, social security and credit as all journalists covering conflicts [7].
  • Commit to intensifying our efforts to support journalists in conflict zones, in exile, and facing hardship everywhere, including independent media/journalists from Belarus and Russia who have been forced to flee their countries;
  • Russia’s crackdown on dissent; its attacks against press freedom; its intimidation of independent journalism – these actions are forcing journalists who remain committed to truth-telling and free speech into silence or exile. Russian people are being denied access to the truth.

To international media and journalists, we ask that you:

  • Where legally permitted, provide surplus personal protective equipment to organisations able to transport this to Ukraine;
  • Draw attention to the social insecurity of Ukrainian field producers and translators’ who help foreign media by providing them with proper pay, insurance and additional safety guarantees [8];
  • Wherever possible make safety training available to Ukrainian journalists and to all journalists, including freelancers reporting from Ukraine, and “show the same concern for the welfare and safety of freelancers, local journalists and media workers as they do for their staff” [9] including providing the same protective equipment to Ukrainian colleagues as to international reporters;
  • Open your doors to displaced journalists and newsrooms. Give them somewhere to work from. Hire them if you can afford to;
  • Listen to the calls of Ukrainian colleagues to use appropriate and accurate language when reporting on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, consistent with the ethical standards of independent journalism [10];

To private and public donors and funders of professional journalism, we ask that you

  • Urgently increase and provide flexible financial support to media that produce independent, ethical journalism, enabling them to hire or keep paying reporters, editors, and producers who are reporting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine;
  • When you fund journalism, remember, journalism is a public good [11]. It is an end in itself, a pillar of democracy upon which many other freedoms and rights depend. Do not undermine its independence by seeking to instrumentalise it as a tool of strategic communication or as a means to achieve other development objectives. Treat it with the respect it deserves and follow the well-established best practices and guidance on effective support to journalism [12];
  • Simplify the process of applying for funding in emergencies: Application forms must be in local languages and should not require large amounts of internet data by requiring numerous files to be uploaded;
  • Ensure that media and journalism are included in all aid coordination mechanisms;
  • Provide support not just for newsrooms, but individual journalists and freelancers from Ukraine, as well as via mechanisms of fellowships or content production projects;
  • Consider providing not only financial support, but also methodological and technical support. This can be the transfer of equipment for affected editors, training or publication of methodological materials.

To the EU, EU member states, members of the Media Freedom Coalition and all states that care about the right to freedom of expression and access to information to

  • Provide emergency visas and safe havens for Ukrainian journalists, as well as an independent journalists from Belarus and Russia, to re-establish their bases of operations and continue reporting;
  • Condemn and push back against the trend of criminalising journalism, a hallmark of creeping authoritarianism in many parts of the world. Journalism is not a crime;
  • Use all multilateral fora to defend the rights of journalists and advance their protection as civilians under international humanitarian law, particularly in the context of Russia’s war on Ukraine;
  • Contribute to all efforts to investigate and bring to justice cases of journalists targeted in this war.

To technology, telecoms, internet intermediaries and advertisers, we ask you to

  • Work with the media and journalism community to identify, protect and uplift [13] independent, ethical journalism, fact-checking, and media literacy efforts;
  • Prevent automated takedowns of journalistic content documenting evidence of international crimes of aggression, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious human rights violations. These need to be available for journalists, fact-checkers, investigators and other stakeholders to effectively bring perpetrators to account and end impunity. Strengthen transparency and notice procedures, expedite appeal and remedy;
  • Reverse commercial incentives – both through algorithms and content moderation policies – that discriminate against public-interest journalism’s ability to reach audiences and monetise high-quality content;
  • Work with advertisers to stop the use of blacklist technology to block ads from appearing next to journalism and news media stories that mention conflicts like Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic and other critical health and social issues;
  • Deliver internet accessibility to all: prioritise maintaining internet accessibility and connectivity, and promote the right to access information.

We continue to stand in solidarity with all journalists around the world who work in areas of conflict or where freedom of expression is limited, to deliver trusted information in the public interest.

  1. https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-europe-edf7240a9d990e7e3e32f82ca351dede
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/03/they-said-theyd-mutilate-and-kill-me-says-kidnapped-ukrainian-journalist
  3. https://ipi.media/deaths/?topic=0&incident_type=0&country=0&years=0&search=
  4. Despite attitudes improving slightly during the pandemic – as audiences looked for trustworthy sources of information and journalists rose to the occasion – trust in journalism remains worryingly low: https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/news/they-are-not-fixers-they-are-journalists-light-war-ukraine-three-field-producers-discuss
  5. Even before COVID-19, independent journalism around the world was facing an existential crisis. Market failure driven by the economic and technological disruption of the news and advertising industry means that now is the most difficult time to do good journalism in decades. https://gfmd.info/emergency-appeal-for-journalism-and-media-support-2/
  6. “They are not ‘fixers’. They are journalists”: in the light of the war in Ukraine, three field producers discuss the challenges of their job – Laura Oliver – Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism – 26 March 2022
  7.  ACOS Alliance: “News organisations should work with journalists in assessing the risk associated with bylines in any story and establish whether crediting those involved in the production of a story could endanger anyone.https://www.acosalliance.org/ukraine-safety-statement/-https%3A/www.acosalliance.org/the-principles
  8. https://imi.org.ua/en/news/it-is-a-crime-to-underestimate-the-contribution-of-ukrainian-journalists-to-the-coverage-of-this-i44417
  9. “International news organizations have a moral responsibility to support the journalists they commission and to show the same concern for the welfare and safety of freelancers, local journalists and media workers as they do for their staff. In making assignments in a conflict zone or dangerous environment international news organizations should be prepared to take comparable responsibility for the well-being of freelancers and local journalists in case of kidnapping or injury as they do for staffers, and for their families in case of death.” https://www.acosalliance.org/ukraine-safety-statement
  10.  Please see the appeal of the Ukrainian media and journalists to their colleagues worldwide on the correct terminology to be used while reporting on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine: https://detector.media/community/article/197790/2022-03-23-open-letter-to-media-professionals-who-cover-russias-invasion-of-ukraine/
  11. https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/windhoek30declaration_wpfd_2021.pdf
  12. For guides on how to fund journalism see https://impact.gfmd.info/resources/media-funding-guides
  13. “uplift” refers to how algorithms treat journalism, fact-checking and media literacy content. It is not intended as a call for funding by internet intermediaries.

The Perugia Declaration for Ukraine was launched on 9 April 2022 at the International Journalism Festival. For more information see: https://gfmd.info/ukraine-press-kit/

Signatories (organisations):

  1. ACOS Alliance
  2. ActiveWatch Association
  3. Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC)
  4. Ahval News
  5. Albanian Media Institute (AMI)
  6. Anglo-Magyar Training & Media
  7. ARTICLE 19
  8. Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (Abraji)
  9. Association des journalistes européens – France
  10. Association Générale des Journalistes Professionnels de Belgique (AGJPB)
  11. Association Luxembourgeoise des Journalistes Professionnels (ALJP)
  12. Association of Austrian Community Broadcasters
  13. Association of Caribbean Media Workers
  14. Association of European Journalists (Belgium)
  15. Association of Freelance Journalists in Finland (AFJ)
  16. Association of Independent Press (API)
  17. Association of “Independent Regional Publishers of Ukraine” (AIRPU)
  18. Association of Professional Journalists of Albania (APJA)
  19. AW Free Foundation
  20. BaleBengong (Indonesia)
  21. Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)
  22. Baltic Internet Policy Initiative
  23. Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication
  24. Bayraqdar.info
  25. BBC Media Action
  26. Belarus In Focus Information Office
  27. Belarusian Association of Journalists
  28. Belmont Community Media Center
  29. Blueprint for Free Speech
  30. Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers
  31. Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJ)
  32. Bundesverband Bürgermedien (bvbm) e. V.
  33. Bylines Networks Limited
  34. Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma
  35. Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF)
  36. CFI Medias
  37. Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ)
  38. Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD)
  39. Circular Initiatives Roadmap (CIR)
  40. Coda Story
  41. COMMIT – Community Medien Institut
  42. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  43. Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE)
  44. Community Media Solutions (CMS)
  45. Comunitatea Internet
  46. CONNECTAS
  47. CREOpoint
  48. Daily Nawa-i-Ahmedpur Sharqia Pakistan
  49. The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation
  50. Daraj Media
  51. Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
  52. Dela0.ro
  53. Detector Media, Ukraine
  54. Deutscher Journalisten-Verband
  55. Deutsche Journalistinnen- und Journalisten-Union (dju) in ver.di
  56. Digital Content Next
  57. DJV Thüringen
  58. Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ)
  59. DW Akademie
  60. elDiario.es
  61. EMPOWERHOUSE
  62. Espreso TV
  63. Ethical Journalism Network (EJN)
  64. European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
  65. European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  66. European Journalism Centre (EJC)
  67. European Press Prize
  68. Fathm
  69. Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE)
  70. FeSMC-UGT Agrupación de Periodistas de UGT
  71. Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (Vikes)
  72. Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
  73. Freedom Forum (Nepal)
  74. Fojo Media Institute
  75. Fondation Hirondelle
  76. ForSet (Georgia)
  77. Forum Newspaper SL
  78. Foundation “Souspilnist”, Ukraine
  79. Frontline Freelance Register
  80. Fundación Gabo
  81. Future Makers Team
  82. Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation / Ukrainian Media Fund
  83. GLOBALNEWSNETWORK11
  84. Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  85. Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)
  86. Global Voices Advox
  87. Global Youth & News Media
  88. The GroundTruth Project
  89. Hungarian Press Union
  90. IFEX
  91. Impressum – Swiss Journalist’s Federation
  92. Independent Association of Georgian Journalists
  93. Independent Journalism Center, Moldova
  94. Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia
  95. Independent Journalists Association of Vojvodina
  96. Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine
  97. Independent Trade Union of Journalist and Media Workers – North Macedonia
  98. Institut Panos Grands Lacs
  99. Institute for Regional Media and Information (IRMI, Ukraine)
  100. Institute of Communication Studies
  101. Institute of Mass Information, Ukraine
  102. International Academy Serbia
  103. International Center for Journalists
  104. International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
  105. International Institute – International Media Center
  106. International Media Support (IMS)
  107. International Network of Street Papers
  108. International Press Institute (IPI)
  109. Internews
  110. Internews Ukraine
  111. International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)
  112. International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
  113. Investigate Europe
  114. Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union (Russia)
  115. Journalists Trade Union of Azerbaijan
  116. Journo.com.tr
  117. Jnomics Media
  118. Lie Detectors
  119. Lithuanian Journalists Union
  120. Lithuanian National Television and Radio (LRT)
  121. Lviv Media Forum
  122. Locals.md
  123. Macroscope London
  124. Maharat Foundation
  125. Magdalene
  126. Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI)
  127. Media Action Nepal (MAN)
  128. Media Association for Peace (MAP)
  129. MediaConsulting Fund
  130. Media Council for self regulation (Montenegro)
  131. MediaDataLab
  132. Media Development Investment Fund
  133. Media Diversity Institute (MDI)
  134. Media Impact Funders
  135. Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT)
  136. Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
  137. MediaLab.NRW
  138. MediaSind – Romanian Trade Union of Journalists
  139. Mediastandard.ro
  140. Mensagem de Lisboa
  141. Muwatin Media Network
  142. Namibia Media Trust (NMT)
  143. National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU)
  144. NEO NEWS HD
  145. New Narratives
  146. News Consulting Group
  147. NewsPrice
  148. Norwegian Union of Journalists
  149. Northern Studio
  150. OBC Transeuropa (OBCT)
  151. One World Media
  152. Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
  153. Ossigeno.Informazione
  154. Outriders
  155. Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
  156. Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf)
  157. Paper Trail Media
  158. PEN America
  159. Press Club Brussels Europe
  160. Press Workers Trade Union Cyprus
  161. Project Syndicate
  162. Prykarpatska Informational Corporation
  163. Public Interest Journalism Lab
  164. Public Interest News Foundation
  165. Public Media Alliance (PMA)
  166. Pulitzer Center
  167. Punto24 — Platform for Independent Journalism (Istanbul)
  168. Radio Ambulante Studios
  169. Radio Bullets
  170. Refugee Journalism Project
  171. Report for America
  172. Report for the World
  173. Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  174. RIA Media Corporation (Ukraine)
  175. Ruh Erk Media – Рух Эрк Медиа (Kyrgyzstan)
  176. Rural Media Network Pakistan
  177. Russia Behind Bars
  178. Samir Kassir Foundation – SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom
  179. Searchlight Development Action – Cameroon
  180. Sindicato dos Jornalistas (Portugal)
  181. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression- SCM
  182. Social Weaver
  183. Society for creative initiative – Rekreakta, Belgrade
  184. Society of Journalists, Warsaw
  185. SOM School Of Media
  186. South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
  187. Stowarzyszenie Dziennikarzy Rzeczypospolitej Polskie (SDRP)
  188. Syndicat national de journalistes CGT (SNJ-CGT France)
  189. SyriaUntold
  190. Tanzania Media Practitioners Association
  191. TerminiTV
  192. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  193. THE CITY
  194. The Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA)
  195. The Daily Shahnama
  196. The Fix Media
  197. The Frontline Club (The Frontline Club Charitable Trust)
  198. The Fuller Project
  199. The Ukrainians Media
  200. The VII Foundation
  201. The University of Georgia
  202. Thomson Foundation
  203. Thomson Reuters Foundation
  204. Trade Union of Croatian Journalists
  205. Transitions
  206. Turkish Association of Journalists (GCD)
  207. Tvoe Misto (City of Yours)
  208. Uganda Journalist Union (UJU)
  209. Vlaamse Vereniging van Journalisten (VVJ)
  210. Voxeurop
  211. Will Media
  212. Women4europe
  213. World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
  214. World Editors Forum
  215. World Press Freedom Canada
  216. The University of Georgia
  217. Union of Journalists in Finland
  218. Zamaneh Media
  219. Zerkalo.io (Belarus)

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Signatories (individuals: speakers, attendees and friends of the International Journalism Festival):

  1. Abbas Taleb, Public Relations Director, Muwatin Media Network
  2. Abiodun Salawu, Professor and Research Director, Indigenous Language Media in Africa, North-West University, South Africa
  3. Ahmad Quraishi, Executive Director, Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC)
  4. Aidan O’Rourke, Content Creator, New Europeans
  5. Alan Dench, Director, Clinical Compliance Services
  6. Alan Hick, EU Director, New Europeans International
  7. Alessandro Tommasi, Co-founder and CEO, Will Media
  8. Alia Papageorgiou, President, Press Club Brussels Europe
  9. Alice Taylor, Co-Editor, Exit.al
  10. Alla Sadovnyk, Journalist, Public broadcasting company of Ukraine
  11. Alvin Sold, Honorary President, European Newspaper Publishers’ Association
  12. Ana Dubeli, Editor in Chief, Locals.md
  13. Andreï Jvirblis, Board member, Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union (Russia)
  14. Andrii Beliakov, Website Owner, Journalist, Bucha.city
  15. Angelina Fusco, Chair Dart Centre Europe
  16. Anna Masera, Vice Director, Giornale di Brescia
  17. Anna Zdorenko, Managing Editor, ZN.UA
  18. Anne Parry, Segretaria MFE Valpolicella, Movimento Federalista Europeo
  19. Antonina Cherevko, Head of the Independent Media Council, Ukraine
  20. Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation
  21. Anya Schiffrin, Senior Lecturer, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs
  22. Arnold Cassola, Columnist, former MP and former Sec. Gen. of the European Green Party
  23. Artem Liss, Flying Fox Media Ltd.
  24. Assia Chaneva, Editor, Bulgarian National Radio
  25. Astrid Maier, Chief Editor, XING
  26. Barys Haretski, Deputy Chair, Belarusian Association of Journalists
  27. Baybars Orsek, Director, International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)
  28. Benedetta Tobagi, Writer and Researcher
  29. Bill Orme, CEO, Emro Associates
  30. Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and Adjunct Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School
  31. Carlos Eduardo Huertas, Director, CONNECTAS
  32. Caroline Nursey OBE, Chief Executive Officer, BBC Media Action
  33. Caroline Brown, member, Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats
  34. Catarina Carvalho, Founder and editor, Mensagem de Lisboa
  35. Charlie Beckett, Director, Polis, LSE
  36. Charlotte Lindberg, Editor/host, Yle (Finnish broadcasting company)
  37. Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director, World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA
  38. Christopher J. Hajecki, Director, Ads for News
  39. Claudia Julieta Duque, Journalist, Radio Nizkor
  40. Courtney Radsch, Tech and media policy expert
  41. Daniela Pinheiro, Columnist, UOL
  42. Darrin Zammit Lupi, Contractor Photographer, Reuters
  43. David Hoffman, Founder of Internews and Chairman Emeritus of GFMD, Internews
  44. Dilfuza Mirzakhmedova, Director, MediaDataLab
  45. Dinko Gruhonjić, Program Director, Independent Journalists Association of Vojvodina
  46. Dmytro Tuzov, host “Radio NV”
  47. Elisabeth Fondren, Assistant Professor of Journalism, St. John’s University New York
  48. Elodie Vialle, Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society (Harvard)
  49. Emre Kızılkaya, Editor of Journo.com.tr and chair of IPI Turkey.
  50. Erick Torrico, Coordinator of Democratic Communication Project, UNIR Bolivia Foundation
  51. Fergus Bell, CEO, Fathm
  52. Floriana Bulfon, Freelance Journalist
  53. Francesca Milano,Chora Media
  54. Francesco Filippi, Historian, Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino
  55. Francesco Zaffarano, Editor-in-chief, Will Media
  56. François Nel, Reader in Media Innovation, University of Central Lancashire
  57. Gabriela Preda, Freelance Journalist
  58. Giangiacomo Ceresara, Communication Specialist, Arriva (Deutsche Bahn)
  59. Gian-Paolo Accardo, Editor-in-chief, Voxeurop
  60. Gilles Demptos, Director for Asia-Pacific, Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA-Asia)
  61. Giulia Blasi, Freelance writer
  62. Grazia Li Greci, Content Specialist, K-agency
  63. Gypsy Guillén Kaiser, Advocacy and Communications Director, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  64. Heather Bakken, President, World Press Freedom Canada
  65. Ilie Pintea, War Correspondent, Radio România Actualități
  66. India Bouquerel, Editor-in-chief, Live Magazine
  67. Ingrid Hassler, Senior Producer (retired), BBC News
  68. Iryna Savchenko, Program manager regional, Internews
  69. Isabelle Roughol, Founder, Borderline
  70. Ivan Sigal, Executive Director, Global Voices
  71. Jakub Parusinski, Editor, The Fix Media
  72. James Ball, Global Editor, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  73. Jane Fieldsend, Member, New Europeans
  74. Jeanette Seiffert, Coordinator Media Development, DW Academie
  75. Jeffrey Hansell, Executive Director, Belmont Community Media Center
  76. Jennifer Ellis, Director, YW Ltd.
  77. Jessica Ní Mhainín, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Index on Censorship
  78. Jeremy Druker, Executive Director and Editor in Chief, Transitions
  79. Joanna Krawczyk, President of the Board, Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation / Ukrainian Media Fund
  80. John Crowley, Freelance journalist, Independent
  81. Jon Williams, Managing Director, RTÉ News
  82. Jorge Luis Sierra, President, Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers
  83. Joris van Duijne, Executive Director, Zamaneh Media
  84. José Luis Benítez, Independent, Independent media and journalism researcher
  85. Juleyka Lantigua, Founder/CEO, LWC Studios
  86. Dr Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research, ICFJ
  87. Juliet Lodge, Women4europe
  88. Lars Tallert, Head of Policy, Fojo Media Institute
  89. Leli Bibilashvili, Associate Dean, The University of Georgia
  90. Line Wolf Nielsen, Communication Advisor, IMS
  91. Lucy Ekadu, President, Uganda Journalist Union (UJU)
  92. Luis Menéndez, International Delegate, Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE)
  93. Joseph Kamanda, Editor, Forum Newspaper SL
  94. Kathy English, Chair of Board, Canadian Journalism Foundation
  95. Kristian Porter, CEO, Public Media Alliance (PMA)
  96. Luc Steinberg, Head of operations, Media Diversity Institute (MDI)
  97. Marina Constantinoiu, Project Coordinator, EditiaDeDeminieata.ro
  98. Marina Walker Guevara, Pulitzer Center
  99. Mary Myers, independent researcher and media consultant
  100. Mae Azango, New Narratives and Front Page Africa
  101. Marcelo Rech, Journalist, President, Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJI)
  102. Maria Laura Franciosi, Journalist, Ossigeno.info
  103. Maria Toghina, Journalist, Radio Romania
  104. Marijana Matovic, Media researcher, Faculty of Political Sciences (University of Belgrade) and Society for creative initiative – Rekreakta
  105. Marius Dragomir, Director, Center for Media, Data & Society (CMDS)
  106. Marko Marković, Director of Communications, NaftogazTeplo
  107. Mattia Cursi, Cameraman, Vudio
  108. Melanie Bunce, Head of the Journalism Department, City University of London
  109. Melanie Walker, Executive Director, Media Development, WAN-IFRA
  110. Michele Palmieri, Freelance Journalist
  111. Milica Pesic, Director, Media Diversity Institute (MDI)
  112. Mira Milosevic, Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  113. Mushfig Alasgarli, Chairman, Azerbaijan Journalists Trade Union
  114. Naryn Aiyp, Deputy Chief Editor, NazarNews
  115. Natalia Antelava, Editor in Chief, Coda Media
  116. Nataliya Gumenyuk, CEO, Public Interest Journalism Lab
  117. Nataliya Marchuk, Assistant Professor, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Journalism Department
  118. Natia Kaladze, Dean, The University of Georgia
  119. Nino Macharashvili, Director, ForSet (Georgia)
  120. Olaf Steenfadt, Director, Journalism Trust Initiative, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  121. Olga Myrovych, Head, Lviv Media Forum
  122. Olga Romanova, Founder, Russia Behind Bars
  123. Owais Aslam Ali (Pakistan Press Foundation)
  124. Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor, EU Commission
  125. Prue Clarke, Director, New Narratives
  126. Rachel Danna, Deputy Managing Editor, Project Syndicate
  127. Rasha Abdulla, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, The American University in Cairo
  128. Rebecca Harms,Vice Chair, ECPMF
  129. Remzi Lani, Director, Albanian Media Institute
  130. Renate Schroeder, Director, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  131. Ricardo Corredor Cure, Chairman GFMD (2016-2021)
  132. Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  133. Rob Walker, Emeritus Professor, University of East Anglia
  134. Robin Wilson, Editor-in-chief, Social Europe
  135. Roger Casale, Secretary General, New Europeans International
  136. Sally Morgan, Vice-Chair, European Movement Wandsworth and Merton
  137. Sameer Padania, Director, Macroscope London
  138. Sarah Stonbely, Research Director, Center for Cooperative Media
  139. Sebastian Scholz, Executive Director, DJV Thüringen
  140. Sergio Caringi, Director, Meeting with the International Press in Brazil
  141. Shawn McCarthy, Vice President, World Press Freedom Canada
  142. Silvia Boccardi, Journalist, Will Media
  143. Sophie Brown, Media consultant, Independent
  144. Stella Roque, Director of Community Engagement, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
  145. Steve Buckley, Community Media Solutions (CMS)
  146. Sudeshna Chanda, Program Officer, Zamaneh Media
  147. Taranath Dahal, CEO & Founder, Freedom Forum (Nepal)
  148. Taras Prokopyshyn, CEO and Co-Founder, The Ukrainians Media
  149. Tarik Jusic, Lecturer, University of New York in Prague (UNYP)
  150. Tom Law, Head of Policy and Learning, GFMD
  151. Tom Trewinnard, COO, Fathm
  152. Vasyl Stefanyk, Precarpathian National University, Journalism Department
  153. Victoria Bridges, Director, One World Media
  154. Victoria Oscarsson, Journalist, Yle (Finnish broadcasting company)
  155. Vincent Peyrègne, Chief Executive Officer, WAN-IFRA
  156. Virginia Stagni, Head of Business Development, Financial Times
  157. Vivienne Francis, Director, Refugee Journalism Project
  158. Vusumuzi Sifile, Executive Director, Panos Institute Southern Africa
  159. Wayne Robins, Adjunct Professor, St. John’s University
  160. Xanthe Scharff, Co-founder and CEO, The Fuller Project
  161. Yavuz Baydar, Editor-in-Chief, Ahval News
  162. Yazan Badran, Visiting professor, postdoctoral researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  163. Zaneta Trajkoska, Director, Institute of Communication Studies
  164. Zakhar Protsiuk, The Fix Media
  165. Zoe Titus, Director, Namibia Media Trust

More than 150 journalists and other private individuals have also supported this declaration. In order to protect their privacy, their names have not been added to the list.

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Contact details: Tom Law, Head of Policy and Learning GFMD, tlaw@gfmd.info
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