News Leaders’ Statement on the Death of Ukrainian TV Journalist Oleksandr Makhov

WASHINGTON, May 5, 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 death of a Ukrainian journalist Oleksandr Makhov which was recognized Thursday during a speech by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

“The number of journalists in Ukraine continues to decline due to Russian aggression with the loss of a well-known television journalist Oleksandr Makhov. Makhov worked for Ukraine TV and Ukraine 24, but he was serving in the Ukrainian army at the time of his death. His unit was hit by Russian shelling while in the Kharkiv region. Makhov volunteered to serve at the time of the Russian invasion. He had also served briefly after Russia invaded in 2014. Between the conflicts, he could regularly be seen as a journalist on television. Journalists are generally considered citizens when not serving in the armed forces and shooting journalists is therefore considered a war crime. In this case, Makhov was part of a military unit and his loss is therefore not a war crime in the conventional sense. Yet his loss represents the 13and journalist killed in this conflict and, unfortunately, he will not return to report after the end of the conflict.”

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