Logistical Support

UA Media Support Centre Chatbot

The Fix, Reporters Without Borders, the Media Development Foundation, JNomics and the Kyiv Independent have launched a chatbot and a hotline for media organizations and journalists to help find housing, get equipment, find grants and career opportunities, and learn how to work in the wartime.
UA Media Support Center EN
UA Media Support Center

Help for filling out funding applications

Media industry publication The Fix is connecting media to other donors and/or helping with grant applications so that media staff in Ukraine don’t have to spend time on paperwork. You can contact them by writing to [email protected].
International fundraising campaign for independent Ukrainian media - The Fix
The Fix

Solidarity centers for journalists in Ukraine

National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) is launching a network of journalistic solidarity centers to help media workers during the war. These centers are open in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi, in the headquarters of the regional organisations of NUJU. The centers are open to all journalists operating in Ukraine. They can be used as newsrooms, but will also be used to provide training for journalists. In case of emergency, journalists evacuated from the fighting territories will be provided with timely material and financial assistance.
Ukrainian and foreign journalists who are in the war zone or any other region of Ukraine will be able to contact the Centers for support.Small office spaces are available for journalists, with internet connection. The three centres will also serve as distribution points for protective equipment and first aid kits.
The project is implemented with the support of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and in partnership with the Independent Media Union of Ukraine (IMTUU). Resources to assist Ukrainian media workers are provided by international partners – journalists’ associations and unions, media companies and institutions.
How to contact the Journalistic Solidarity Centers?
The coordinators of the centers are Bohddana Stelmakh (Lviv Center), Victoria Plakhta (Ivano-Frankivsk) and Volodymyr Bober (Chernivtsi).
Ukraine: the three solidarity centers for journalists are open / IFJ
IFJGlobal

Lviv Media Forum

The Lviv Media Forum is providing 24/7 support to the Ukrainian editorial boards and journalists during the crisis.
  • Assisting in search of evacuation possibilities for journalists and their families;
  • Shelter places in Lviv that provide a roof over one’s head, shower, laundering facilities, and basic food supplies;
  • Workplaces, internet connection, and device charger stations;
  • Professional mental health support that includes personal appointments;
  • Assisting in search of gear equipment and means of personal protection;
  • Financial support for content creation and internet hosting;
  • Gathering information about additional needs of editorial boards and searching for means to fulfill them;
  • Providing work equipment for editorial boards;
  • Ready-to-use textual and visual guideline assets to maintain information hygiene;
  • Lviv Media Center (20 Ruska Street) coordinates foreign reporters and provides local fixers.
See above for information on the organisation's digital support.
How does Lviv Media Forum help journalist during the time of war? – Lviv Media Forum
Lviv Media Forum

Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

RSF Lviv Press Freedom Centre

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has, in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute of Mass Information, launched a Press Freedom Centre in Lviv, Ukraine.
The centre will, amongst other things, be providing training in physical safety and first aid to journalists attending in person or by video-conference.
RSF opens press freedom centre in Lviv, first bulletproof vests
RSF

The Assistance Desk of RSF

The Assistance Desk of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) provides financial and administrative assistance to professional journalists and citizen-journalists who have been the victims of reprisals because of their reporting. RSF helps:
  • the victims of violence connected with their reporting to obtain appropriate medical care
  • wrongfully prosecuted journalists to pay their legal fees
  • threatened journalists to find a safe refuge journalists to resolve their most urgent needs if they decide to flee abroad because of threats and persecution
  • families of journalists to cope with the consequences of the reprisals to which their loved-ones have been exposed.
Individual support
RSF
When the results of its research allows, RSF may also support applications for international protection or asylum submitted by professional journalists and citizen-journalists who have fled their country.

Support to media outlets and NGOs

RSF is also in a position to support the activities of media outlets and local NGOs that defend the media or freedom of information. This assistance is intended to help media outlets and NGOs to maintain or restore operational capacity in the event of problems (such as attacks, ransacking and vandalism). It may also contribute to capacity-building and development:
  • by facilitating training for their employees or members
  • by supporting campaigns and lobbying for freedom of information and for the protection of information providers.
Supporting media outlets and NGOs
RSF
The processing of applications for support and capacity-building requires more examination and preparation, and is therefore not as fast as the processing of applications by media outlets and NGOs that have been the victims of attacks or vandalism.

HOW TO APPLY TO RSF FOR SUPPORT?

Requests by individuals, NGOs or media outlets for assistance should be sent to:
Reporters Without Borders
Assistance Desk
CS 90247
75083 Paris Cedex 02
France

CONTACTS

  • assistance(a)rsf.org (+33 1 4483 6056): for NGO and media outlet requests for assistance
  • assistance2(a)rsf.org (+33 1 4483 8466): for individual requests for assistance

ABA Center for Human Rights

The American Bar Association - Center for Human Rights provides legal technical expert assistance to HRDs activists/lawyers. Please see contact: [email protected] for more info.

Hungarian Helsinki Committee

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee is providing professional and free legal assistance, from counselling to representation, to Ukrainian refugees . On February 24 the Hungarian government recognised the vast majority of people fleeing Ukraine as eligible for temporary protection. Read more about the decree here. You can contact the Committee at [email protected] or facebook.com/helsinkibizottsag.

Katapult

Katapult, an independent magazine with offices located in north-eastern Germany, is offering editorial office space for Ukrainian journalists who have fled the country. The company is offering 2000 m² of office space plus desks, computers, servers & accommodation.

People In Need

Czech-based NGO People In Need can help to cover costs for relocations and provide support regarding visa and invitations. Their team is mostly working in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, both in the territory under the control of the Ukrainian government and in non-government controlled areas. The aid focuses on those in the greatest need, who have often lost everything. The organisation provides financial assistance to buy the basic necessities of life, hygiene kits, or food parcels with flour, oil, salt and sugar.
In cooperation with partner organisation People in Need Slovakia, the organisation has had a team working on the Slovak-Ukrainian border since 26th February. Humanitarian workers in Ukraine near Velky Berezny—where the situation is critical— built facilities for people waiting for border control. You can read more about their efforts here.

Media in Central Europe offer to host displaced journalists

Leading independent media in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, who form part of the International Press Institute’s (IPI) Central Europe Independent Media Network, have offered to support displaced journalists who may end up in their countries by hosting them in their newsrooms.
IPI's partners have already offered support in different ways, for example by promoting fundraising efforts to support Ukrainian media, and in the case of Gazeta Wyborcza by hosting refugees in their offices.
"Newsrooms have also offered to provide working space, use of technology and editorial resources to displaced journalists. In some cases, the newsrooms would be able to host multiple journalists, allowing small teams to stay together. The situation remains uncertain and it is not clear how many journalists will be forced to flee and where they will move to, but IPI is coordinating the offers of support to ensure it can be given when needed."
Journalists from Ukraine or Russia who wish to be put in contact with one of the partner newsrooms can email [email protected]. They are also happy to hear from other newsrooms who would be happy to host displaced journalists.
Ukraine war: Media in Central Europe offer to host displaced journalists - International Press Institute
International Press Institute