International press safety groups are looking into a series of recent attacks against members of the media in Ukraine. The incidents have drawn attention to the ongoing risks to journalists covering the war on the ground and raised questions about potential press targeting. “Several media groups have been shot and four reporters have been injured by gunfire in Ukraine” since then Vladimir Putin infiltrated less than two weeks ago, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) report Tuesday. “We therefore call on all parties to the conflict to immediately commit to the protection of journalists in this field in accordance with international law,” Jeanne CavelierHead of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia division.
Swiss photojournalist Guillaume Briquet to be reported Was shot and robbed by members of Russian special forces on Sunday while driving south of the city of Mykolaiv. “They obviously shoot to kill,” said Briquet, who has cars and bulletproof vests are clearly marked “Press,” told RSF. “I have been shot in other war zones before, but I have never seen this. Journalists traveling around the country without any war experience are in mortal danger.”
Also on Sunday, the reporter Adnan Can and the cameraman Habip Demirci of the London-based Al Araby television network reported attacked by Russian forces in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv. Russian forces fired in the direction of their vehicle despite “press” signs and white flags that the team said were mounted on the vehicle. The attack occurred days after a Sky News crew come below a barrage of bullets, the fire continued after the team identified themselves as journalists. Chief reporter Stuart Ramsay shot in the lower back and the camera operator Richie Mockler sticks two shots to his armor as a result of the difficult attack, which Mockler captured on video as it unfolded. The full story is yet to come out, but Sky News speak they were “told by the Ukrainians that we [had been] ambushed by a Russian sabotage reconnaissance team”.
The Sky News footage “provides a valuable” though “horrifying” example “of how quickly things can turn around and how dangerous it is to report in a conflict area like this area” Lucy WestcottThe Director of the Emergency Room at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) told Vanity Fair on Tuesday. Fortunately, she noted, they were all equipped personal protective equipment. CPJ has received a steady stream of inquiries about “what to wear and where to buy” since the crisis began, Westcott noted, “and that is an ongoing conversation.” RSF last week announced an upcoming press freedom center in Lviv will act as “a center for receiving and distributing protective equipment for journalists, especially bulletproof vests and helmets, which are currently in short supply” .
It is too early, according to CPJ, one of the world’s leading media watchdog organizations, to say whether the attacks faced by members of the media in Ukraine were targeted or indiscriminate. . “We are on day 12 of this conflict,” Westcott said, declining to talk about specific incidents, such as Briquet’s account, which CPJ is still looking into. However, the organization has confirmed death of a journalist since the conflict began — Yevhenii Sakun, a Ukrainian videographer killed in the March 1 shelling of a television tower in Kyiv. That incident “doesn’t necessarily target a journalist” but “seems to be targeting the media infrastructure,” Westcott said.
RSF also recorded an incident on 3 March in which two Czech journalists and two Ukrainian journalists escape The fire of a Russian while traveling in a car on the outskirts of Kyiv, and an incident on February 26 in which two Danish reporters worked for the Daily Beast seriously wounded by bullets near the town of Okhtyrka in the northeastern part of the country.