Ann Cooper (CBS Professor Emerita of Professional Practice in International Journalism) writes for Nieman Reports that while Ukrainians defend their country, journalists in Ukraine and other post-Soviet states struggle to preserve their press freedom (Nieman Reports, Mar. 4, 2022). She also authored a piece for Committee to Protect Journalists on Russia’s silencing of Ekho Moskvy.
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Despite being outnumbered by better equipped Russian forces, the Ukrainian military — and a growing contingent of determined civilians — fiercely resisted the invasion. The Kyiv Independent, Ukrainska Pravda and a clutch of other Ukrainian news outlets have continued to report the war with a dogged devotion to truth-telling — despite themselves being targets of the Russian military. They have been documenting the plight of thousands of Ukrainians taking shelter in subway stations, the harsh conditions in the city Volnovakha where the bombardment has destroyed the power and water supplies, and how the Russians have been shelling residential areas.