With no resolution to the war sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in sight, Ukrainian journalists continue to be targeted and bear the brunt of the war on two counts, as both citizens and media professionals. Given this situation, the RFI Ukraine project and Yak Vodma (“like being at home” in Ukrainian), jointly organised by France Médias Monde (FMM) and CFI, provides them with support that guarantees the safety of the journalists and their families, together with an environment that is conducive to their continued independent and safe coverage of the conflict.
The aim of the project’s first component, Yak Vdoma, implemented by CFI, is to provide shelter to Ukrainian journalists exiled in Romania and their families by offering them material, financial, logistical and psychosocial support, as well as training and an environment in which these journalists can work.
The second component, jointly implemented by France Médias Monde (FMM) and its subsidiary RFI România, consists of providing Ukrainian content and strengthen the Russian FMM offer, with 17 Ukrainian journalists being hired and trained to produce content that covers the conflict and its regional impact.
- 30 Ukrainian journalists hosted to benefit from grants and training;
- 17 journalists hired and trained to work with RFI.
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Direct assistance for Ukrainian journalists living in exile
- Support to meet personal and professional needs: accommodation (including for families, where applicable), a daily living allowance and a grant for equipment;
- Psychosocial support: referrals to various humanitarian and consular organisations, personalised psychological support.
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Call for applications to join the Yak Vdoma residence in BucharestMarch 21, 2023
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Journalists explore the integration of Ukrainian refugeesJune 22, 2023
Supporting Journalists and Media Organisations in ExileSeptember 22, 2023
Yak Vdoma journalists visit MoldovaSeptember 28, 2023
Enhancing the editorial and operational abilities of the journalists
- Training on fact-checking and combating disinformation, conflict-sensitive journalism, and digital and physical security;
- Providing extensive coaching to the Ukrainian journalists who will join the RFI Ukraine team and improving their professional skills.
Misinformation surrounding the war in UkraineFebruary 1, 2023
Digital security at the heart of the training programmes at Yak Vdoma HubApril 4, 2023
Ukrainian journalists in times of war: the second year of fightingApril 20, 2023
Meeting between journalists and African delegations in BucharestJuly 19, 2023
Exchange of fact-checking experiences in BucharestAugust 7, 2023
Amplifying the voices of Ukrainian womenSeptember 14, 2023
Producing a greater volume of reliable content covering the conflict
- Creating a Ukrainian and Russian-language newsroom, with the recruitment of 17 Ukrainian journalists and managerial and technical staff;
- Developing a multilingual digital platform (Ukrainian and Russian);
- Supporting the journalistic output of Ukrainian journalists in exile and in residence.