Ukraine: We stand with the people and defend free media

Ukraine: We stand with the people and defend free media - Media

A woman holds burning flares which make smoke in the Ukrainian colours of blue and yellow as several hundred residents came out to show their support for Ukraine and to say 'no' to Russia's invasion.

Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ) and the undersigned organisations, stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, but particularly Ukrainian journalists who now find themselves at the frontlines of a large-scale European war.

We unilaterally condemn the violence and aggression that puts thousands of our colleagues all over Ukraine in grave danger.

We call on the international community to provide any possible assistance to those who are taking on the brave role of reporting from the war zone that is now Ukraine.

We condemn the physical violence, the cyberattacks, disinformation and all other weapons employed by the aggressor against the free and democratic Ukrainian press.

We also stand in solidarity with independent Russian media who continue to report the truth in unprecedented conditions.

Join the statement of support for Ukraine by signing it here.



  1. Justice for Journalists Foundation
  2. Index on Censorship
  3. International Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech “Adil Soz”
  4. International Media Support (IMS)
  5. Yerevan Press Club
  7. Free Press Unlimited
  8. Human Rights Center “Viasna”
  9. Albanian Helsinki Committee
  10.  Media Rights Group, Azerbaijan
  11.  European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
  12.  Association of European Journalists
  13.  School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia
  14.  Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan
  15.  Reporters Without Borders, RSF
  16.  Association of Independent Press of Moldova, API
  17.  Public Association “Dignity”, Kazakhstan
  18.  PEN International
  19.  Human Rights House Foundation, Norway
  20.  IFEX
  21.  UNITED for Intercultural Action
  22.  Human Rights House Yerevan
  23.  Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, Vanadzor, Armenia
  24.  Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, Norway
  25.  Society of Journalists, Warsaw
  26.  The Swedish OSCE-network
  27.  Hungarian Helsinki Committee
  28.  Legal policy research centre, Kazakhstan
  29.  Public Foundation Notabene, Tajikistan
  30.  HR NGO “Citizens’ Watch, St. Petersburg, Russia
  31.  English PEN
  32.  Public organization “Dawn”, Tajikistan
  33.  International Press Institute (IPI)
  34.  The Union of Journalists of Kazakhstan
  35. ARTICLE 19
  36. Human Rights House Tbilisi
  37. Rights Georgia
  38. Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center, Azerbaijan
  39. International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
  40. Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
  41. Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  42. European Federation of Journalists
  43. Social Media Development Center, Georgia
  44. Populus Rei, Georgia
  45. Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia
  46.  OBC Transeuropa
  47.  The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  48. Journalists Union YENI NESIL, Azerbaijan
  49. Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) , Istanbul
  50.  Baku Press Club
  51. Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development
  52. Premium Times
  53. Union Sapari
  54. The Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ)
  55. Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression, Armenia