The Safety and Freedom of the Press Guarantees in Ukraine: International Standards

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Serhii Tomilenko
Chairman of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine

Lina Kushch
First Secretary of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine

DOI https://doi.org/10.37837/2707-7683-2019-52

Abstract. The article deals with the main activities of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.
The authors note that the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine is engaged in vigorous cooperation with international organizations, the primary objective being to protect the rights of journalists and ensure the physical safety of journalists in the country. The European Federation of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists have been the essential partners for many years.
The authors state that for the first time, the governing bodies of the European Federation of Journalists included Ukrainians, namely Serhii Tomilenko, who has joined the European Federation of Journalists Executive Committee. The latter is the largest journalistic organization in Europe consisting of 70 journalistic associations and unions from 44 countries.
The article emphasizes the international support of the persecuted Ukrainian journalists.
The authors mention that the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine called for the presidential candidates and Ukrainian political forces (prior to the presidential and parliamentary elections) to sign a ‘Declaration in Defence of Freedom of Expression’. The International Federation of Journalists supported the call. If elected President and to the Parliament, they will have to comply with 7 basic principles.
The authors note that there is also expertise-sharing and cooperation with journalists from other countries.
Keywords: National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, international cooperation, defence of freedom of expression and assistance to journalists, International Federation of Journalists, European Federation of Journalists, cooperation with All-China Journalists Association, contacts with journalists from Egypt, Bulgaria and other countries, Declaration in Defence of Freedom of Expression.

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