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RPT launches new Ukraine resource

RPT launches new Ukraine resource

A new online resource has been launched to help Ukraine’s freelance journalists work more safely and responsibly amid increased threats and a lack of information regarding journalist safety, trauma and digital security.  

Freelancing in Ukraine, which is available in Ukrainian and Russian, has been put together by the Rory Peck Trust (RPT) in partnership with Ukraine’s Institute for Mass Information (IMI) and Dart Centre Europe. It forms the final part of a two-year project run by RPT and IMI aimed at strengthening independent journalism in Ukraine and funded by the United Nations Development Fund (UNDEF).

Mary O’Shea, Head of Programmes at the Rory Peck Trust, said, “Freelance journalists in Ukraine face increased hybrid threats. They are at risk not only on the frontlines of the conflict but also at home behind their laptops. Our aim with this resource is to provide them with access to expert advice and information that will help them to remain resilient, work responsibly and keep safe while doing their vitally important work.”

survey conducted by the Rory Peck Trust and IMI as part of the project in early 2017 revealed that over a third (36%) of freelance journalists in Ukraine had been physically threatened or attacked since 2014 because of their work. 60% said they had also received online threats or attacks, and 59% said they needed psychological support because of the challenges related to their profession.

Freelancing in Ukraine is intended to encourage proactive safety and protection measures around physical safety, trauma management, digital security and responsible journalism, providing practical tools such as digital and physical risk assessments, a communications plan and proof of life templates as well as guidance, tip sheets, and exercises on trauma management and self-care. Leading journalists and trauma experts from the Dart Centre also share best practice on how to report responsibly in conflict zones and divided societies.

Main photo (above): Evgeniy Maloletka

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