An estimated 47 journalists and media workers have been killed in Ukraine, eight while carrying out professional duties.
This is according to new data from the National Union of Ukraine.
In response to the war against Ukraine, UNESCO has mobilized an immediate emergency response for media workers in the country.
To support Ukrainian citizens’ access to verified, conflict-sensitive information, UNESCO has been providing emergency grants to Ukrainian journalists, allowing them to continue their crucial work with editorial independence.
Through cooperation between UN agencies, the cash transfers of the first round of emergency grants to 160 media journalists have been facilitated by the World Food Programme (WFP), with the support of the International Federation for Journalists (IFJ) and the National Union for Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU).
Journalists from 24 regions of the country received this support and women journalists made up 75% of the recipients.
UNESCO and its partners in the country spoke with some of the beneficiaries, illustrating the difference this support makes on the ground.