Free Media Awards

Ukrainian journalists won five of 2022 Free Media Awards


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All five awards of 2022 Free Media Awards were presented to Ukrainian journalists. This was reported on official website of the Award.

Among the laureates there are photographers Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka, journalist and writer Nataliya Gumenyuk, internet media Zaborona, photo- and videoreporter Andriy Dubchak, and journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko who is currently being imprisoned in Crimea by occupying authorities as a political prisoner.


Photographers Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka got an award together for corageous and outstanding documenting of russian siege and shelling of Mariupol. Nataliya Gumenyuk is awarded for true depiction of war events from different cities of Ukraine, such as Kharkiv, Bucha and Mykolaiv. received and award for investigations and coverage among which there are stories about right-winged radical movements in Ukraine, russia and other post-soviet countries and their interconnections.


Photo- and videoreporter Andriy Dubchak got an award for brave and professional reports from frontlines.


Freelance-journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko is currently a political prisoner in temporarily occupied Crimea. According to organisers: “He is a representative of repressed journalists that try to make reports from the peninsula”.


“Journalism that is being carried out under such complicated conditions is of exceptional quality,” said the organisers.


In addition, Ukrainian fixers got special recognition for their priceless assistance to international journalists.


The oficial ceremony will take place at Nobel Institute in Norway on October 17.


The award is aimed at Eastern European journalists and presented within the joint project of Stiftelsen Fritt Ord in Norway and ZEIT-Stiftung in Germany.


It shall be reminded the photojournalists Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka and video producer Vasilisa Stepanenko received the 2022 Knight International Journalism Award earlier this year.


As been reported before, journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko imprisoned by russial occupant government got an award from PEN America.