What’s it like for journalists who have fled Russia since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022? And the many independent media outlets which have relocated abroad amidst a climate of intimidation, censorship, blocking, and outright banning?
The World Editors Forum has published a first-person account from a Russian journalist about reporting the war and the moment they learned they could not return home.
The World Editors Forum is a global community of editors supporting a free press, quality journalism and newsroom transformation, and part of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), a global organisation of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs.
They estimate at least 500 journalists have fled Russia since the invasion of Ukraine although estimates from other major media outlets and press freedom organisations vary from 150 upwards and precise figures are difficult to identify .
Turning point for a Russian journalist
Problems for exiled media – openDemocracy
A view on independent media and Russia – Free Russia Foundation
Russia’s exiled media – The Spectator
The Ukraine war status report January 2023 – BBC The Briefing Room