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New project to support independent journalism in Ukraine

The Rory Peck Trust has started work on a new project, funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) to strengthen independent journalism in Ukraine. Entitled “Supporting independent journalism in Ukraine by building freelance journalists’ resilience and ability to work safely and responsibly”, it will help freelancers in Ukraine gain the skills and support they need to continue their vital contribution to an informed civil society. This is the second RPT initiative to be funded by UNDEF, following the recently completed “Strengthening skills and improving safety for independent journalism in Libya.”

The project will be implemented by RPT alongside Ukrainian partner, the Institute of Mass Information (IMI). Freelancers will receive training through a series of workshops in digital and psychosocial safety, risk assessment and responsible journalism. An online resource based on the curriculum will then be launched, providing freelance journalists across the country with guidance and information to help them work safely and responsibly.

Freelance journalists in Ukraine are facing threats and violence from multiple sources and in multiple forms – both physical and online. Most freelancers lack the skills, support and resources to adequately protect themselves, making them especially vulnerable. As a result self-censorship is spreading and independent voices are being extinguished.

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The Trust’s experience and expertise supporting freelance journalists’ safety and welfare makes it uniquely placed to address this issue through the UNDEF-funded project.

UNDEF has funded more than 500 projects in over 150 countries in the areas of rule of law, media, community development, women’s empowerment, and youth participation. This project was signed in UNDEF’s new Tenth Round of Funding.