Skyline condemns killing of second journalist in Ukraine and calls on conflicting parties to respect journalists' work
Stockholm- Skyline International for Human Rights condemns the killing of a photographer from the American channel "Fox News" and the injury of another photographer while covering events in Ukraine, and calls on the parties to the conflict to respect the work of journalists and adhere to the standards of international humanitarian law.
In its statement issued today, Wednesday, Skyline states that: "It is with regret that we received the news of the death of the second journalist during the war in Ukraine, Pierre Zakrzewski, a cameraman for Fox News Network, when the vehicle he was traveling in with reporter Benjamin Hall was struck by incoming fire, as reported by Fox News.
Skyline points out that Zakrzewski was covering the events on Monday, March 14, along with another Fox News journalist, Benjamin Hall, when they were attacked by gunfire in Hornica, near the capital, Kiev. Hall, a British Foreign Office correspondent for the station, remains in a hospital in Ukraine.
As a war photographer, Zakrzewski had covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria for Fox, according to a memo sent to Fox employees by Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media
Skyline points out that Zakrzewski was the second journalist killed in Ukraine in two days. Brent Renaud, a documentary filmmaker and another veteran of covering war zones, died Sunday, after Russian forces opened fire on his vehicle.
Since the beginning of 2022, 16 journalists have been killed worldwide, including 5 in Mexico, 2 in Haiti, 2 in Ukraine, and the rest in Burma, Brazil, Chad, Syria, Yemen, India, and Iran.
Skyline renews its call to the parties to the armed conflict to abide by the international humanitarian law's rules and the Geneva Conventions during the war and to avoid targeting civilians, including journalists, and civilian objects. It also stresses that the work of journalists must be respected and that they must not be targeted by the parties to the conflict so that they can report freely on what is happening in the world.
At the end of its statement, Skyline expresses regret that journalists continue to be targeted for death, injury, and arrest in various conflict zones and calls for a serious investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murders of journalists " Zakrzewsk" and "Renaud" and other journalists killed, as well as an end to the policy of impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of these crimes.