Self-Regulation Guidelines for Journalists in Ukraine on covering
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) 2017
This is a purely practical set of suggestions designed to help journalists through the challenges of covering one of the most sensitive aspects of a conflict – the plight of Internally Displaced People (IDPs). It is not theoretical but has been compiled with the help of a large group of senior Ukrainian journalists and editors during the Regional Voices concluding forum on 13 - 14 February, 2017 in Kyiv. The Project is supported by the European Union.
It is also by no means exhaustive, but should serve as an aide memoire for anyone who wants to report more effectively and fairly on a major humanitarian issue. At the heart of this challenge is how journalists can help the public to understand that more than 1.6 million IDPs is not merely a statistic but a collection of individual human beings, each with a tale to tell.
Olena Astrakhovich presents discussion results from her group during the Editorial Forum in Kyiv
Journalists job is to report as faithfully as possible on what we are told and what we see. You know only too well that as journalists we are uniquely privileged to report on people and places the general public rarely encounter. At the same time we have a huge responsibility to make sure that our reporting is to the highest standards of truth, balance and accuracy.
The project called Regional Voices: Strengthening Conflict Sensitive Coverage in Ukraine’s Regional Media is funded by the European Union and implemented by a media consortium led by the Thomson Foundation. Institute for Regional Media and Information, European Journalism Centre, MEMO 98 and Association Spilnyi Prostir belong to the consortium.