Protective equipment, training and funding – RSF helps journalists in Ukraine

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Safety and first aid training for 175 journalists

To help meet the need to strengthen risk prevention capacities, RSF has Safety guide for journalists available. Produced in partnership with UNESCO to provide practical advice to reporters traveling to high-risk areas, this manual has been translated into Ukrainian by NUJU. RSF

also organized training sessions in Ukrainian and English in which a total of 175 journalists have participated so far.

Designed to help reporters protect themselves and work independently in the context of war, these training modules focused on:

  • physical security
  • psychological safety
  • and first aid.

A new series of training sessions is planned in Kyiv from September and will primarily target Ukrainian journalists.

92 Ukrainian journalists and 24 Ukrainian media financially supported

RSF has created a system of individual grants to help freelance Ukrainian journalists and their families whose situation has become very precarious as a result of the war. For people in difficulty, identified by RSF’s local partners, RSF provides assistance:

  • Relocation costs for journalists accompanied by children or elderly relatives after emergency evacuation from occupied areas, the front line or similar.
  • Medical expenses following injuries sustained in the course of journalistic work.
  • The cost of repairing or replacing damaged or confiscated freelance journalist equipment.

A total of 92 Ukrainian journalists – including 62 women (67%) – have received this form of financial assistance from RSF over the past six months, mainly through RSF’s partner IMI and the local journalists’ union, the NUJU, but also directly from the RSF Helpdesk.

At the same time, financial subsidies were given to 24 Ukrainian independent media to help them cover their operating costs after suffering a war-related loss of income (due to a lack of advertising, a decline subscriptions, etc). Most of these media are based in the south and east of the country, the regions most affected by the war, where the need for reliable and independent information is greater than ever to combat attempts at propaganda and disinformation. .

Psychological assistance

RSF has also provided journalists with psychological support by organizing and providing access to the Eutelmed online platform, which offers prevention and self-assessment resources and a hotline with a 24/7 listening space. /7. This platform can also provide some people with consultation in their preferred language, including Ukrainian and Russian. Of the journalists who have so far used RSF’s access, 73% are women.

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