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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.


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
  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
  62. Ethical Journalism Network (EJN)
  63. European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
  64. European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  65. European Journalism Centre (EJC)
  66. European Press Prize
  67. Fathm
  68. Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE)
  69. FeSMC-UGT Agrupación de Periodistas de UGT
  70. Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (Vikes)
  71. Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
  72. Freedom Forum (Nepal)
  73. Fojo Media Institute
  74. Fondation Hirondelle
  75. ForSet (Georgia)
  76. Forum Newspaper SL
  77. Foundation “Souspilnist”, Ukraine
  78. Frontline Freelance Register
  79. Fundación Gabo
  80. Future Makers Team
  81. Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation / Ukrainian Media Fund
  83. Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  84. Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)
  85. Global Voices Advox
  86. Global Youth & News Media
  87. The GroundTruth Project
  88. Hungarian Press Union
  89. IFEX
  90. Impressum – Swiss Journalist’s Federation
  91. Independent Association of Georgian Journalists
  92. Independent Journalism Center, Moldova
  93. Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia
  94. Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine
  95. Independent Trade Union of Journalist and Media Workers – North Macedonia
  96. Institut Panos Grands Lacs
  97. Institute for Regional Media and Information (IRMI, Ukraine)
  98. Institute of Communication Studies
  99. Institute of Mass Information, Ukraine
  100. International Academy Serbia
  101. International Center for Journalists
  102. International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
  103. International Institute – International Media Center
  104. International Media Support (IMS)
  105. International Network of Street Papers
  106. International Press Institute (IPI)
  107. Internews
  108. Internews Ukraine
  109. International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)
  110. International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
  111. Investigate Europe
  112. Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union (Russia)
  113. Journalists Trade Union of Azerbaijan
  114. Journo.com.tr
  115. Jnomics Media
  116. Lie Detectors
  117. Lithuanian Journalists Union
  118. Lithuanian National Television and Radio (LRT)
  119. Lviv Media Forum
  120. Locals.md
  121. Macroscope London
  122. Maharat Foundation
  123. Magdalene
  124. Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI)
  125. Media Action Nepal (MAN)
  126. Media Association for Peace (MAP)
  127. MediaConsulting Fund
  128. Media Council for self regulation (Montenegro)
  129. MediaDataLab
  130. Media Development Investment Fund
  131. Media Diversity Institute (MDI)
  132. Media Impact Funders
  133. Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT)
  134. Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
  135. MediaLab.NRW
  136. MediaSind – Romanian Trade Union of Journalists
  137. Mediastandard.ro
  138. Mensagem de Lisboa
  139. Muwatin Media Network
  140. Namibia Media Trust (NMT)
  141. National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU)
  142. NEO NEWS HD
  143. New Narratives
  144. News Consulting Group
  145. NewsPrice
  146. Norwegian Union of Journalists
  147. Northern Studio
  148. OBC Transeuropa (OBCT)
  149. One World Media
  150. Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
  151. Ossigeno.Informazione
  152. Outriders
  153. Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
  154. Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf)
  155. Paper Trail Media
  156. PEN America
  157. Press Club Brussels Europe
  158. Press Workers Trade Union Cyprus
  159. Project Syndicate
  160. Public Interest Journalism Lab
  161. Public Interest News Foundation
  162. Public Media Alliance (PMA)
  163. Pulitzer Center
  164. Punto24 — Platform for Independent Journalism (Istanbul)
  165. Radio Ambulante Studios
  166. Radio Bullets
  167. Refugee Journalism Project
  168. Report for America
  169. Report for the World
  170. Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  171. RIA Media Corporation (Ukraine)
  172. Ruh Erk Media – Рух Эрк Медиа (Kyrgyzstan)
  173. Rural Media Network Pakistan
  174. Russia Behind Bars
  175. Samir Kassir Foundation – SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom
  176. Searchlight Development Action – Cameroon
  177. Sindicato dos Jornalistas (Portugal)
  178. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression- SCM
  179. Social Weaver
  180. Society for creative initiative – Rekreakta, Belgrade
  181. Society of Journalists, Warsaw
  182. SOM School Of Media
  183. South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
  184. Stowarzyszenie Dziennikarzy Rzeczypospolitej Polskie (SDRP)
  185. Syndicat national de journalistes CGT (SNJ-CGT France)
  186. SyriaUntold
  187. Tanzania Media Practitioners Association
  188. TerminiTV
  189. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  190. THE CITY
  191. The Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA)
  192. The Daily Shahnama
  193. The Fix Media
  194. The Frontline Club (The Frontline Club Charitable Trust)
  195. The Fuller Project
  196. The Ukrainians Media
  197. The VII Foundation
  198. The University of Georgia
  199. Thomson Foundation
  200. Thomson Reuters Foundation
  201. Trade Union of Croatian Journalists
  202. Transitions
  203. Turkish Association of Journalists (GCD)
  204. Tvoe Misto (City of Yours)
  205. Uganda Journalist Union (UJU)
  206. Vlaamse Vereniging van Journalisten (VVJ)
  207. Voxeurop
  208. Will Media
  209. Women4europe
  210. World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
  211. World Editors Forum
  212. World Press Freedom Canada
  213. The University of Georgia
  214. Union of Journalists in Finland
  215. Zamaneh Media
  216. 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. Claudia Julieta Duque, Journalist, Radio Nizkor
  39. Courtney Radsch, Tech and media policy expert
  40. Daniela Pinheiro, Columnist, UOL
  41. Darrin Zammit Lupi, Contractor Photographer, Reuters
  42. David Hoffman, Founder of Internews and Chairman Emeritus of GFMD, Internews
  43. Dilfuza Mirzakhmedova, Director, MediaDataLab
  44. Dmytro Tuzov, host “Radio NV”
  45. Elisabeth Fondren, Assistant Professor of Journalism, St. John’s University New York
  46. Elodie Vialle, Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society (Harvard)
  47. Emre Kızılkaya, Editor of Journo.com.tr and chair of IPI Turkey.
  48. Erick Torrico, Coordinator of Democratic Communication Project, UNIR Bolivia Foundation
  49. Fergus Bell, CEO, Fathm
  50. Floriana Bulfon, Freelance Journalist
  51. Francesca Milano,Chora Media
  52. Francesco Filippi, Historian, Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino
  53. Francesco Zaffarano, Editor-in-chief, Will Media
  54. François Nel, Reader in Media Innovation, University of Central Lancashire
  55. Gabriela Preda, Freelance Journalist
  56. Giangiacomo Ceresara, Communication Specialist, Arriva (Deutsche Bahn)
  57. Gian-Paolo Accardo, Editor-in-chief, Voxeurop
  58. Gilles Demptos, Director for Asia-Pacific, Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA-Asia)
  59. Giulia Blasi, Freelance writer
  60. Grazia Li Greci, Content Specialist, K-agency
  61. Gypsy Guillén Kaiser, Advocacy and Communications Director, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  62. Heather Bakken, President, World Press Freedom Canada
  63. Ilie Pintea, War Correspondent, Radio România Actualități
  64. India Bouquerel, Editor-in-chief, Live Magazine
  65. Ingrid Hassler, Senior Producer (retired), BBC News
  66. Iryna Savchenko, Program manager regional, Internews
  67. Isabelle Roughol, Founder, Borderline
  68. Ivan Sigal, Executive Director, Global Voices
  69. Jakub Parusinski, Editor, The Fix Media
  70. James Ball, Global Editor, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  71. Jane Fieldsend, Member, New Europeans
  72. Jeanette Seiffert, Coordinator Media Development, DW Academie
  73. Jeffrey Hansell, Executive Director, Belmont Community Media Center
  74. Jennifer Ellis, Director, YW Ltd.
  75. Jessica Ní Mhainín, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Index on Censorship
  76. Jeremy Druker, Executive Director and Editor in Chief, Transitions
  77. Joanna Krawczyk, President of the Board, Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation / Ukrainian Media Fund
  78. John Crowley, Freelance journalist, Independent
  79. Jon Williams, Managing Director, RTÉ News
  80. Jorge Luis Sierra, President, Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers
  81. Joris van Duijne, Executive Director, Zamaneh Media
  82. José Luis Benítez, Independent, Independent media and journalism researcher
  83. Juleyka Lantigua, Founder/CEO, LWC Studios
  84. Dr Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research, ICFJ
  85. Juliet Lodge, Women4europe
  86. Lars Tallert, Head of Policy, Fojo Media Institute
  87. Leli Bibilashvili, Associate Dean, The University of Georgia
  88. Line Wolf Nielsen, Communication Advisor, IMS
  89. Lucy Ekadu, President, Uganda Journalist Union (UJU)
  90. Luis Menéndez, International Delegate, Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE)
  91. Joseph Kamanda, Editor, Forum Newspaper SL
  92. Kathy English, Chair of Board, Canadian Journalism Foundation
  93. Kristian Porter, CEO, Public Media Alliance (PMA)
  94. Luc Steinberg, Head of operations, Media Diversity Institute (MDI)
  95. Marina Constantinoiu, Project Coordinator, EditiaDeDeminieata.ro
  96. Marina Walker Guevara, Pulitzer Center
  97. Mary Myers, independent researcher and media consultant
  98. Mae Azango, New Narratives and Front Page Africa
  99. Marcelo Rech, Journalist, President, Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJI)
  100. Maria Laura Franciosi, Journalist, Ossigeno.info
  101. Maria Toghina, Journalist, Radio Romania
  102. Marijana Matovic, Media researcher, Faculty of Political Sciences (University of Belgrade) and Society for creative initiative – Rekreakta
  103. Marius Dragomir, Director, Center for Media, Data & Society (CMDS)
  104. Marko Marković, Director of Communications, NaftogazTeplo
  105. Mattia Cursi, Cameraman, Vudio
  106. Melanie Bunce, Head of the Journalism Department, City University of London
  107. Melanie Walker, Executive Director, Media Development, WAN-IFRA
  108. Michele Palmieri, Freelance Journalist
  109. Milica Pesic, Director, Media Diversity Institute (MDI)
  110. Mira Milosevic, Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  111. Mushfig Alasgarli, Chairman, Azerbaijan Journalists Trade Union
  112. Naryn Aiyp, Deputy Chief Editor, NazarNews
  113. Natalia Antelava, Editor in Chief, Coda Media
  114. Nataliya Gumenyuk, CEO, Public Interest Journalism Lab
  115. Nataliya Marchuk, Assistant Professor, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Journalism Department
  116. Natia Kaladze, Dean, The University of Georgia
  117. Nino Macharashvili, Director, ForSet (Georgia)
  118. Olaf Steenfadt, Director, Journalism Trust Initiative, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  119. Olga Myrovych, Head, Lviv Media Forum
  120. Olga Romanova, Founder, Russia Behind Bars
  121. Owais Aslam Ali (Pakistan Press Foundation)
  122. Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor, EU Commission
  123. Prue Clarke, Director, New Narratives
  124. Rachel Danna, Deputy Managing Editor, Project Syndicate
  125. Rasha Abdulla, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, The American University in Cairo
  126. Rebecca Harms,Vice Chair, ECPMF
  127. Remzi Lani, Director, Albanian Media Institute
  128. Renate Schroeder, Director, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  129. Ricardo Corredor Cure, Chairman GFMD (2016-2021)
  130. Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  131. Rob Walker, Emeritus Professor, University of East Anglia
  132. Robin Wilson, Editor-in-chief, Social Europe
  133. Roger Casale, Secretary General, New Europeans International
  134. Sally Morgan, Vice-Chair, European Movement Wandsworth and Merton
  135. Sameer Padania, Director, Macroscope London
  136. Sarah Stonbely, Research Director, Center for Cooperative Media
  137. Sebastian Scholz, Executive Director, DJV Thüringen
  138. Sergio Caringi, Director, Meeting with the International Press in Brazil
  139. Shawn McCarthy, Vice President, World Press Freedom Canada
  140. Silvia Boccardi, Journalist, Will Media
  141. Sophie Brown, Media consultant, Independent
  142. Stella Roque, Director of Community Engagement, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
  143. Steve Buckley, Community Media Solutions (CMS)
  144. Sudeshna Chanda, Program Officer, Zamaneh Media
  145. Taranath Dahal, CEO & Founder, Freedom Forum (Nepal)
  146. Taras Prokopyshyn, CEO and Co-Founder, The Ukrainians Media
  147. Tarik Jusic, Lecturer, University of New York in Prague (UNYP)
  148. Tom Law, Head of Policy and Learning, GFMD
  149. Tom Trewinnard, COO, Fathm
  150. Vasyl Stefanyk, Precarpathian National University, Journalism Department
  151. Victoria Bridges, Director, One World Media
  152. Victoria Oscarsson, Journalist, Yle (Finnish broadcasting company)
  153. Vincent Peyrègne, Chief Executive Officer, WAN-IFRA
  154. Virginia Stagni, Head of Business Development, Financial Times
  155. Vivienne Francis, Director, Refugee Journalism Project
  156. Vusumuzi Sifile, Executive Director, Panos Institute Southern Africa
  157. Wayne Robins, Adjunct Professor, St. John’s University
  158. Xanthe Scharff, Co-founder and CEO, The Fuller Project
  159. Yavuz Baydar, Editor-in-Chief, Ahval News
  160. Yazan Badran, Visiting professor, postdoctoral researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  161. Zaneta Trajkoska, Director, Institute of Communication Studies
  162. Zakhar Protsiuk, The Fix Media
  163. 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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