Ukraine: US journalist Brent Renaud killed

  • 14 Mar 2022

The NUJ condemns the targeted attack and murder of journalist Brent Renaud.

The National Union of Journalists has joined the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in calling for the killers of US journalist, Brent Renaud to face justice.  On 13 March, the documentary filmmaker was shot in an attack confirmed by Ukrainian police as a targeted approach by Russian soldiers. Two accompanying journalists were also injured in the shooting.

The European federation of Journalists (EFJ) has condemned the murder and Ricardo Gutiérrez, EFJ general secretary, said: 

“These systematic attacks on journalists and other war crimes require a strong response from the international community.” 

The killing of award-winning Brent Renaud is part of ongoing attacks faced by journalists reporting on the conflict in Ukraine. In February, Sky News journalists were shot at despite identifying themselves and profession, and in the same month Ukrainian journalist Yevheniy Sakun was killed when a nearby building was hit by shelling.

Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said: 

“We are shocked by the increasing number of attacks on journalists trying to cover the war in Ukraine. The deaths of journalists Brent Renaud and Yevheniy Sakun cannot go unpunished. The authorities must do everything possible to identify the perpetrators of these war crimes.”

 The NUJ has called for the protection and safety of journalists, and has produced war zone safety information with useful guidance for reporting in conflict zones.

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