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.