How Russian journalists in exile are covering the war in Ukraine
by Masha Gessen
This New Yorker article by Masha Gessen relives the accounts of Russian journalists who have fled to the capital of Latvia due to their coverage of the war in Ukraine. In spite of ongoing threats from the Russian government, being cut off from their funding sources, a distrustful public, and a set of strictly-enforced laws and regulations in their new country of residence, these journalists continue to report from abroad in their improvised studio spaces.
One ray of hope in this bleak story is how a network of independent Russian media including The Moscow Times, TV Rain, and Meduza were able to obtain significant funding from international foundations with help from Dutch media entrepreneur Derk Sauer. He points out that “fundraising is much easier if you come together.”
This read is an eye-opener about the significant challenges that Russian media-in-exile are up against while also struggling to provide an alternative perspective to state-controlled media narratives for their readers back home.
ECPMF launches new “Opportunities in Exile” project
On March 2 the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) launched its latest project to support journalists living and working in exile in Germany.
ECPMF is offering exiled journalists and media professionals in Europe both practical and legal aid as well as temporary refuge in order to support “their ability to continue working in the face of threats, harassment, and/or intimidation related to their journalistic activities.”
The journalists will get access to professional training, internships, language courses, legal advice, psychosocial support, equipment, and networks. For media professionals who are particularly at risk, ECPMF also provides short-term relocation through their Journalists-in-Residence Programme.
See more in ECPMF’s press release here.