The IWMF Calls on Russian Forces to Cease Violence Against Journalists

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is outraged by the murder of Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova alongside Fox News photojournalist Pierre Zakrzewski. Journalists should not be subject to death in their efforts to bring truth to light; we demand Russian authorities cease targeting civilians and protect journalists covering this conflict.

Kuvshynova and Zakrewski’s deaths come just one day after the murder of American journalist Brent Renaud and are accompanied by reports of journalists being shot and harassed while reporting from the front lines. IWMF alum covering the conflict shared that personal protective equipment for journalists is in short supply, exacerbating the risks reporters are taking.

As the situation deteriorates, the international press freedom community is developing new resources to support journalists working in Ukraine. Assets include ACOS Alliance’s freelancer safety principles and the Media Lifeline Ukraine, a project of RSF and Free Press Unlimited. The IWMF’s Emergency Fund also supports journalists in crisis.

While war zone reporting is inherently dangerous, journalists should never be the target of military action. We reiterate our call for authorities to stop civilian attacks, protect journalists and uphold press freedom during this devastating conflict.