The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine is launching an online crisis hotline for editorial offices that have suffered in connection with the Covid-19 quarantine. The National Union announced this on its website.
The issues included loss of workplaces, reduction of circulation and subscription, debts to printing houses or for broadcasting television and radio signals, loss of advertisers and lack of funds for further activities. Almost every Ukrainian editorial office of a local newspaper, website, or TV and radio company was influenced by the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic and quarantine.
But while some media survive due to previous savings, some of the local media are already in a difficult situation. National Union of Journalists of Ukraine is ready to provide legal advice and advice from media experts on solving problematic issues or to mediate in negotiations with local authorities. The Union of Journalists will also address requests for assistance to the government and parliament in order to lobby for the adoption of government decisions in support of the media industry.
“Our task is to overcome the crisis in the media industry, and it is especially important now to save the local media. By saving local journalism, we protect the right of citizens to access important local reliable information. We invite editors and journalists not to remain silent! Together we will find ways out of a critical situation and a way to influence the authorities,” the chairman of the union Serhiy Tomilenko said.
It is possible to contact the anti-crisis hotline for the media online through a special form. It is also possible to send letters via e-mail.
The Union asks to describe in the appeal with as much detail as possible how critical the situation is in the media (how much debts have already been accumulated, how much the income has decreased compared to the “pre-lockdown” period, what measures have already been taken in the editorial office and what kind of help is crucial).