WASHINGTON, May 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Following is a statement from Jen Judson, President of the National Press Club and Gil Klein, President of the National Press Club Journalism Institute on the death of Ukrainian journalist Oleksandr Makhov who was recognized Thursday in remarks by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“The number of journalists in Ukraine continues to be diminished as a result of Russian aggression with the loss of well-known television reporter 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 struck 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 conflicts he could regularly be seen as an on-air television reporter. Journalists are generally considered to be citizens when they are not serving in the armed forces and so firing upon journalists is considered a war crime. In this case, Makhov was part of a military unit and so his loss is not a war crime in the conventional sense. Still, his loss represents the 13th journalist killed in this conflict and, sadly, he will not be returning to report after the conflict concludes.”
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