News Leaders Mourn Murder of US Journalist in Ukraine, Call for War Crimes Investigation

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Here is a statement from Jen JusonPresident of the National Press Club, and Gil Kleinpresident of the National Institute of Journalism of the Press Club on the murder of Brent Renaud, journalist, former New York Times contributor and award-winning Peabody filmmaker who worked in Ukraine apart from Kyiv.

“We mourn the news of the death of journalist Brent Renaud. His fatal shooting near Irpin, which was allegedly fired by Russian forces as he tried to break through a checkpoint to cover fleeing Ukrainian civilians, is a tragic reminder of the costs and challenges for journalists covering war and attacks on civilians That so many journalists – local and foreign, freelancers and employees are putting their health, lives and livelihoods on the line in order to cover the human costs of Russia invasion of Ukraine reminds the world why a free and independent press is so important and worthy of protection and support. Under international humanitarian law, journalists are non-combatants. We call for an investigation into the murder of Brent Renaud as a possible war crime.”

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Contact: Rachel OswaldCNP Press Freedom Team, [email protected]202-486-9173.

SOURCE National Press Club