The Ukrainian Media Fund was created out of a gust of heart, out of a sense of solidarity.

We, the media people from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland and Sweden, deeply wish to aid and assist our colleagues in war-torn Ukraine. For almost a year, we have helped +50 media outlets survive, mostly in the most needy, badly destroyed regions of this brave country, and have financially supported +170 journalists. We have also sent hundreds of kilograms of equimpents. We are helping and will continue to do so until victory.
877 000,00
Raised support so far


The Fund was launched in solidarity with the journalists and photographers reporting every day from the frontlines in Ukraine. Its main goal is to mobilize international support - both financial and material - for local media outlets in Ukraine.

Oksana Brovko - CEO at Association
of Independent Regional Publishers of Ukraine



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The photographers and journalists who are on the front lines are receiving protection gear, first aid kits, and electronic equipment from the Fund.

Year of war, year of aid
In the spring 2022 Ukrainian Media Fund that was created by sincere media people of Nordic countries and Poland. We are an example that in today's world, full of chaos, demagogy, uncertainty, fake news and pure evil, journalists are still able to act in solidarity with each other. We are constantly trying to adjust our help to the changing needs. In the coming months, apart from financial aid for the most needy, we plan to provide equipment for work and support editorial offices by paying for software licenses which are necessary for them to carry out their service to local communities. We invite you to read the report 2022-2023 and short video about our last transport of in-kind aid. 36 newsrooms received equipment that allowed them to work despite power outages. Energy supplies and networks, as you know, are paralyzed by barbaric Russian attacks. Also 200 reporters in medium-sized, small and very small towns received special powerbanks, allowing them to recharge their phones and even laptops.
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Press Release re: Ukrainian Media Fund convoy to Ukraine of 3rd of March 2023
On Friday the 3rd of March, the first Ukrainian Media Fund convoy in 2023 was delivered to Ukraine. Equipment worth over 50,000 EURO was distributed among local media. 200 journalists and 36 editorial offices received latest generation devices that will allow them to continue their work regardless frequent power cuts. Ukrainian Media Fund was established by Bonnier News, Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation, Tidningsutgivarna, Medialiitto, Mediebedriftene and Danske Medier.
Since the beginning of last year’s Russian invasion on Ukraine, Ukrainian Media Fund has been supporting local media outlets, journalists, and photojournalists in Ukraine by providing both financial and material assistance. Until now, UMF has raised 877 ,000 Euro. Its major sponsors are The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bonnier, Tidningsutgivarna, Axel Johnson, Polaris Media, and Sonoma. But the fund has also received a number of smaller, but equally important donations from other institutional and private donors. The Ukrainian Media Fund focuses on local and regional media because they were hurt stronger than national press outlets. Local media have seen a 40 to 80% drop in their income which resulted, among others, in their inability to pay wages to their staff. Ukrainian Media Fund has therefore taken it on itself to provide regular cash assistance to 172 journalists form more than 50 newspapers and portals in the most affected parts of Ukraine. It aims to continue its support throughout 2023.
In 2022 the UMF delivered personal gear such as helmets, body armour, goggles, and first aid kit, as well as technical equipment such as laptops, power banks or portable power generators. Keeping the local media working through these difficult times is crucial both to local communities and the journalists themselves. They provide first-hand information to the outside world and their mere existence gives reassurance and boosts the morale of local people.
On the 3rd of March another batch of over 50,000 Euro worth of equipment left Warsaw and was delivered to Lviv and nearby Truskavec in Western Ukraine. It was then distributed to media outlets all over the country by three UMF’s local partners.
Sergyi Tomilenko, president of one of them - the National Union Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) - stresses the importance of this help: “We greatly value our partnership with the Ukrainian Media Fund, which provides economic support to Ukrainian local newsrooms. Already in the first weeks after the full-scale invasion began, I got in touch with the founders of what became the UMF about emergency security assistance to Ukrainian journalists and about getting the first batches of protective equipment for them. The most pressing issue now is the economic sustainability of the media in Ukraine, which is necessary for journalists to continue to do their extremely important work, especially during the war.”
The transport consisted of 200 top of the class portable power banks that will allow journalists and photojournalists – often those reporting directly from the front line - to work throughout frequent power cuts. Another vital part of equipment delivered are power stations that can be fully charged within an hour and are strong enough to provide electricity to small editorial offices. What is important in the current situation, is that the power stations can be charged using solar panels.
“Russia is a terrorist country that is fighting with Ukraine and Ukrainians beyond the battlefield, attacking the population and civilian infrastructure. That is why the issue of energy independence is very acute for the Ukrainian media. The batch of power banks and chargers provided by the Ukrainian Media Fund is a guarantee that dozens of Ukrainian journalists and editorial offices will remain unbreakable and continue their work despite the blackouts.” – says Tomilenko.
The chargers and power banks will be distributed through – amongst others - the network of NUJU Journalists’ Solidarity Centres which respond to requests from editorial offices and journalists. As a priority, this equipment will be delivered to those working in the de-occupied and frontline areas. It will allow them to sustain the functioning of their servers in order to prepare both on-line and paper editions of the news. All this assistance apart from its material aspects gives an enormous moral support to the media community in Ukraine. For over a year now, they have been opposing the Russian invasion and sending direct reports from the ground and first-hand testimonies of atrocities committed by the aggressor. The next tranche of equipment is planned for May or June equipment it will consist of training sessions for journalists. The aim is to help them modernise news services and sites and bring them up to date with the latest solutions facilitating a swift recovery once the war is over.
Bonnier Media, part of Bonnier Group is the holding company for a corporate group made up of the Nordic region’s leading media companies, with over 200 years of experience. Our companies span a broad range of media, with a strong historic core in independent journalism and book publishing. Through journalism, storytelling, knowledge and entertainment, we aim to make for a more open, interesting, entertaining and well-informed society.
Danske Medier is a trade organization for the private Danish media. We stand behind almost 300 media companies, which have one thing in common: the aim to provide citizens with information, insight, background and news.
Medialiitto is an umbrella organization for media and graphic industry companies in Finland. We represent approximately 650 companies in the areas of news media, magazine media, book and educational material publishing and printing, radio and TV operations and distribution.
Mediebedriftene (Norwegian Media Businesses' Association) is a member of the Confederation of Norwegian Business, and is the main negotiator vis-à-vis the labour unions in the media industry.
Tidningsutgivarna (Swedish Media Publishers’ Association) is the trade association for Sweden’s newspapers and other media companies. Its members are publishing newspapers and editorial sites, as well as tv and radio broadcasters. It has around 120 members throughout Sweden.
Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation was funded by Agora, the publisher of Gazeta Wyborcza, leading opinion daily in Poland. It promotes media freedom and integrity. We want to develop independent journalism through broadly understood educational and cultural activities. Agora SA is a Polish entertainment and media group created in 1989.
15 local newspapers back in liberated territories
Thanks to the assistance of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) local newspapers from 15 liberated Ukrainian territories can now resume their public mission. Residents of villages and towns in eastern Ukraine get their Ukrainian newspaper shortly after liberation.

The Russian occupation of Ukraine caused many local and regional media outlets to either drastically limit their output or shut down completely. Even after recapturing the occupied territories, damaged infrastructure makes the simple task of distributing print media exceptionally challenging, leaving the most vulnerable communities, the elderly and digitally excluded, without access to reliable information.

One of the top priorities in Ukraine’s fight for sustained freedom and independence is the revival of local media. Newspapers provide tremendous psychological comfort to residents of the recaptured towns and villages but also help to foster a sense of community and solidarity in their hearts and minds. This is why the Ukrainian Media Fund, together with its partners and benefactors, is helping these outlets to get back on their feet.

Our partner, The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) is coordinating the effort by seeking out editors and journalists on the ground, encouraging them and providing financial support to fund the production, publication, and distribution of local newspapers. Sergiy Tomilenko, head of the organization, says that NUJU’s systematic financial support has already led to the successful revival of 15 local titles, which, after publishing their first issue, are gradually getting back on their feet and moving on, raising funds on their own and using market mechanisms to maximize funding for their editorial offices.

So far, one or more issues have been printed and distributed in Izium (Obrii Iziumshchyny), Lyman (Zoria), Kherson (Novyi Den), Barvinkove (Visti Barvinkivshchyny), Bakhmut (Vpered), Snihurivka (Visti Snihurivshchyny), Zolochiv (Zoria), Kharkiv (Selianska Gazeta), Zmiyiv (Visti Zmiyivshchyny), Blyzniuky (Nove Zhyttia), Bohodukhiv (Mayak), Kupiyansk (Visnyk Kupiyanshchyny). After the liberation of Kherson, Novyi Den was the first outlet to break the news to local residents.
Emergency delivery of winter clothes to Kharkiv
As part of another large humanitarian aid convoy to the war-torn regions in eastern Ukraine, on November 17, the Ukrainian Media Fund delivered another package of essential supplies purchased with the generous support of our international partners and benefactors.
Over 300 pieces of thermoactive clothing worth an estimated EUR 1700 were handed out to Ukrainian families from Kharkiv, Kupiansk, and Dvorichna, identified with the help of local journalists. The gear, purchased at the sporting goods retailer Decathlon, will help the most vulnerable civilians of the Kharkiv region survive the cold winter months.
In Dvorichna, one of the vehicles carrying Gazeta Wyborcza’s political journalist Wojciech Czuchnowski came under fire from Russian troops. The red cross emblems with which the car was marked provided no protection. According to local residents, the convoy was fired at precisely because it came to help.
Areas of need targeted by the Fund
  • Purchase of equipment for remote work: laptops, telephones, power banks and payment for mobile internet
  • Protective equipment (body armor, helmets)
  • Financial support for journalists working in the war zone
  • When necessary - the cost of relocation of editorial offices and journalists
  • Co-working spaces for journalists
  • Purchasing equipment for local newsrooms for multimedia work
  • Creating new or upgrading existing editorial sites

Media development and support organisations in Ukraine: Lviv Media Forum, AIRPU, UMBA and NUJU:

  • 335 journalists from 45 independent media outlets selected by partner media organisations in Ukraine: ChMG, Tsentr media, Vydavnychyi dim “Ogo”, RIA Media Vinnytsia, RIA Media Ternopil, RIA - Koziatyn LTD Khmelnytskyi, RIA - Koziatyn LTD Koziatyn, Vydavnychyi dim “Pryvatna hazeta”, RH Hryvna, Santars Zaporizhzhya, Santars Polohy, Redaktsiya Ye, Persha mis'ka kompaniya, Molodyi bukovynets, Khazyajin, Obozrevatel, Glavcom, Ukrayinsʹki Novyny, The Page/SPEKA Ukrayina moloda, Visti Prydniprov’ya, TAK TV, Leopolis, Procherk , Cherkaskyi krai Volynʹ post, Chernihivsʹkyy visnyk, RАІ, Novyny, Sarnensʹki novyny , Rokytnivshchyny Novynar , Tatarbunarsʹkyy visnyk, Kreminchina, Popasnianskyi visnyk, Prapor peremogy, Rodnoi Gorod, Silska novyna, Chervonyi promin, Karavan, Novyi den, Slobidskyii kraii, Toloka,, Zaporiz'ka Pravda


Ukrainian Media Fund


The Project was created and is financially supported by the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation along with partnering organizations from media companies in Nordic countries: Bonnier News, Swedish Media Publishers’ Association, Association of Danish Media (Dagspressens Fond / Danske Medier), Finnish Media Federation, News Media Finland, and Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association.


How does the fund support Ukrainian journalists?

First and foremost, we are focusing on providing financial support to Ukrainian media outlets. Due to the ongoing brutal Russian invasion, Ukrainian companies have drastically reduced their media advertising budgets. Ukrainians are fighting for their lives and fleeing their homes, and the wartime economy is organized around the provision of basic goods and supporting the military.

As a result, the business model of Ukrainian media collapsed entirely. They can hardly count on any income, which makes it exceedingly difficult to cover their expenses, including paying their journalists. Journalists are therefore deprived of means of living. To help redress this situation, our Fund offers to cover their salaries. In addition, we help organize relocation of media representatives and their families to other European countries.

The Fund also provides material support. We organize shipments of special bulletproof vests for journalists operating in war zones, as well as helmets, goggles, first aid kits, and other equipment requested by journalists who are on the ground.

Last but not least, the Fund aims to provide long-term financing and infrastructure for the purpose of rebuilding Ukrainian media in the aftermath of war.

About the Fund

For the rebuilding phase of the program, we plan to offer fellowships at Scandinavian and Polish media. Their goal will be to provide Ukrainian journalists and editors with an opportunity to work and exchange knowledge with their Polish and Scandinavian counterparts and form networks for future collaboration. We will support up to 12 media outlets in four regions of Ukraine to help them get back on their feet. We intend to provide trauma therapy sessions for Ukrainian journalists and editors to assist with their recovery.

Areas of help
Joanna Krawczyk - President of the Board, Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation



that the local media outlets in Ukraine, especially in war zones, have sufficient operational budgets to continue with their work



journalists with protective and communication gear



cooperation between Ukrainian and other European media



long-term financing and infrastructure for the purpose of rebuilding Ukrainian media in the aftermath of war


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Ukrainian Media Fund and International News Media Association unveils new scholarship programme

The International News Media Association (INMA) will support the Ukrainian Media Fund with extensive training for Ukrainian journalists. During the ”Media Innovation Week” in Copenhagen, INMA announced a new partnership with the Ukrainian Media Fund in order to offer corporate memberships to newspapers in Ukraine.INMA First Vice President Gert Ysebaert, CEO of Belgium-based Mediahuis, told the more than 300 delegates from 36 countries in Copenhagen that INMA supports journalism-based local media companies in Ukraine under unprecedented assault by war:

”Journalism is indispensable in a well-functioning society,” Ysebaert said. “It’s critical now more than ever. How can we contribute with the strength of INMA? The first thing we can do, a modest step, is introducing a scholarship for media companies in Ukraine, offering them a free membership with everything that comes with this membership — support, Webinars, master classes. There are very urgent needs — money, helmets, newsprint — but in the long-term, they will also need to build up a viable business model. And that is where we can help. This is where INMA can step in.”

INMA will support newspapers, selected by the Ukrainian Media Fund, with key trainings related to subscriptions, digital advertising, data, product and newsroom innovation.

“The knowledge and resources of INMA will be offered to newspapers in Ukraine for free, as they enter the next phase in our support to local journalists fighting the information war with independent reporting”, Mads Brandstrup, the CEO of Danske Medier, one of the founding organisations of the Ukrainian Media Fund, said in Copenhagen.

Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation and its Ukrainian Media Fund awarded the 2022 Golden Pen of Freedom

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Gazeta Wyborcza and the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation in Poland. The award, made during the 2022 World News Media Congress in Zaragoza, Spain recognises “a news organisation that stands as a beacon of independence and as a bulwark against authoritarianism; a paper of record that demonstrates its values daily, across its pages, through support to young journalists, in the promotion of local news, and through work across borders in solidarity with colleagues in need.” The Award to Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation recognises the work within Ukrainian Media Fund coordinating critical financial and technical support to Ukrainian colleagues from across Europe following the Russian invasion

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Map of
the network

We decided to focus on regional and local outlets to ensure that our help goes where other significant media assistance organizations might not get involved. To achieve this goal, we are working together with a number of Ukrainian associations that bring together local and regional media outlets. We are distributing Funds and equipment directly to:


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Supporters of
The Fund

The Fund has so far received support from the following European media and cultural organizations: European Cultural Foundation, Swedish television T4, Sanoma Media Finland, A-lehdet Oy and HSS Media from Finland, Norwegian media groups: Polaris and NHST and TV2. Alongside Berlingske Media, National Union of Journalists in the UK, Axel Johnson, JP Politikens Hus, TELIA COMPANY AB and Swedish Stiftelsen Skelleftepress. Many other institutional and individual Donors joined our cause as well.



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Support the Fund

The initiator of the Fund, the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation, is registered in Poland as a nonprofit organization, which therefore allows the donations to be tax-exempt.

    For any further information, please contact Jarosław Śliżewski, Managing Director of Ukrainian Media Fund

  • Account holder: Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation
    Czerska Street 8/10, 00-732 Warsaw, Poland

    PLN PL92 1090 1056 0000 0001 5001 0538
    EUR PL29 1090 1056 0000 0001 5001 0605
    SEK PL73 1090 1056 0000 0001 5001 0589
    USD PL90 1090 1056 0000 0001 5001 0574

    BANK: Santander Bank Polska S.A.
    Donation for Ukrainian Media Fund