GENEVA, March 20 — The Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said Saturday that 3,000 foreign journalists are working in Ukraine but six have been killed, dozens wounded and two kidnapped by Russia since Feb 24.
The journalists were killed under various circumstances from shrapnel after a rocket attack to a bullet wound, Anadolu Agency quoted the global media safety and rights body.
Half of the journalists killed were covering battles near Kyiv and near the city of Irpin.
“PEC expresses serious concern and condemns the killing of journalists in Ukraine, who have been reporting from the ground after the Russian invasion, and urges all concerned to respect freedom of the press,” said PEC’s Nava Thakuria.
All victims, including Shakirov Dilerbek Shukurovych, killed Feb 26 in the Kherson locality; Yevhenii Sakun in Kyiv on March 1; Viktor Dudar in Mykolaiv on March 4; Brent Renaud in Irpin on March 13; Pierre Zakrzewski in Horenka on March 14 and Oleksandra Kurshynova in Horenka on March 14 were on the ground to report the war, said PEC.
The “kidnapped journalists worked in the country’s south, where Russia occupied territories,” said Andrii Ianitskyi, PEC representative in Ukraine.
“The main needs of journalists in Ukraine are body armour and helmets, satellite phones, first aid kits,” he added.
He said journalists and media workers also need safety and first aid training for Ukrainian and foreign journalists who travel to Ukraine.
PEC said journalists need shelter in safe regions where they can stop for several days from one location to another.
There is a shortage of local fixers, translators and drivers with cars.
PEC said many journalists in Ukraine are out of work or need part-time jobs to support their families.
All foreign journalists who work in Ukraine must obtain free digital accreditation online at the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine website.
PEC said Russian hackers attacked several Ukrainian media outlets on March 2, 3 and 17.
On March 1, 2, 14 and 16, rocket attacks destroyed TV towers in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lisichansk, Rivne, Vinnitsa and Korosten.
Russian forces captured television towers in Kherson, Starobelsk, Melitopol and a radio station in Berdyansk, said Ianitskyi.