PEC condoles demise of Ukraine scribes, appeals to all concerned toensure safety & security of journalists

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Press Emblem Campaign (https://pressemblem.ch/pec-news.shtml),
the global media safety and rights body condoles the demise of two
Ukrainian journalists in the week of Russia’s aggression to Ukraine
and urges the United Nations to recognize their professional services
for disseminating authentic information about the ongoing conflicts.
PEC also appreciates the restrained role played by the mainstream
media outlets and responsible journalism pursued by a large number of
media persons on the ground.
Journalist  Shakirov Dilerbek Shukurovych, who hailed from Kherson
locality died on 26 February, and television cameraman Yevhenii Sakun
lost his life in the Russian attacks on the Ukrainian capital city of
Kyiv on 1 March 2022. Both were victims of the Russian military
aggression in Ukraine that started in the last week of February
disregarding the international laws. PEC had already condemned in the
strongest terms against the Russian actions and appealed to all
concerns to ensure the safety and security of journalists, who were
engaged in professional duties.
“PEC also urged all parties to refrain from spreading propaganda for
war or incitement to hostility or violence. We stand in solidarity
with independent Russian media who continue to report the truth in an
unprecedented situation. Moreover, we demanded the Russian authorities
not to censor independent media reporting about the invasion and to
avoid detaining journalists who were covering the anti-war protests,”
said Blaise Lempen, secretary-general of PEC, adding that all
journalists on the ground were already asked to take precautionary
measures.
Earlier, the international media forum condemned the Russian missile
attack on the TV tower of Kyiv that facilitated the broadcasting of radio
and television news. Lately, it lauded the adoption of a resolution by
the Geneva-based Human Rights Council condemning the rights violations
and abuses in Ukraine and asking for an early withdrawal of Russian
troops. Moreover, an independent international commission of inquiry
should be established to probe into the violations and abuses of human
rights and international humanitarian laws in Ukraine.
European media outlets usually maintain their responsible journalism
avoiding the exposure of human deaths from the battlefield. Many
mainstream media outlets in India, which are relatively independent
among south & southeast Asian nations, are also reporting from the
ground with standard guidelines said PEC’s India representative, Nava
Thakuria, adding that it’s a welcome change for the Indian media,
which usually goes unleashed on reporting  the human tragedies with
unsolicited visuals if it happens to their own people.

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