An Appeal from Participants of the Second Ukrainian-Polish Forum
Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, September 13-14, 2014
We – representatives of the Association of Polish Journalists (APJ), the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) and the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU), participating in the Second Ukrainian-Polish Forum, held in the city of Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, on September 13 and 14, 2014 – call upon all organizations of European journalists, members of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), to change the place of the next EFJ Annual Meeting, which is currently scheduled to be held in Moscow, Russian Federation, on November 20-22, 2014.
Recently, we have observed that a considerable number of Russian journalists are being used as active participants in war operations directed against Ukraine, which is an unprecedented practice. Russian mass media are used as weapons in information warfare to support aggression. Ignoring professional standards, not only do the Russian media manipulate facts, but they also fabricate news to distort reality. These activities are systemic. Moreover, it is evident that these operations are coordinated and controlled by a single political center within the government of the Russian Federation.
This practice of denying access to objective and reliable information, combined with the use of propagandistic techniques and technical manipulation tools, has a highly detrimental effect on public awareness on relevant issues in many countries. This leads to ethnic hatred and intolerance, which in turn poses a direct threat to the established system of international security.
We consider this phenomenon to be a gross violation of professional and ethical standards of journalism and a contradiction of the very idea of journalism as we know it.
Support for Ukrainian journalists and those Russian mass media that are still independent is possible – only through eloquent and objective statements that show in no uncertain terms who the aggressor is and who the victims are.
There is no doubt that should the up-coming meeting of European journalists take place in Moscow, the Kremlin will take advantage of it in its on-going propaganda war.
We address this appeal not only to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the EFJ, but also to the entire community of journalists. Defend your professional and ethical standards and European democratic values!
September 14, 2014
Krzysztof Skowronski, President, APJ
Sergij Tomylenko, First Secretary, NUJU
Yury Lukanov, Head, IMTUU