WASHINGTON, April 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Following is a statement by Jen Judson, President of the National Press Club and Gil Klein, President of the National Press Club Journalism Institute on the death of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Ukrainian language service journalist Vira Hyrych, who was killed in the Ukrainian capital after a Russian missile struck her residential building.
“Once again, we heartbreakingly have to issue a statement mourning the loss of a courageous journalist working in Ukraine who was killed when a Russian missile hit her residential building. We join with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in mourning the loss of one of their journalists, Vira Hyrych, who worked since 2018 for the U.S. government-funded news organization’s Ukrainian Service. Vira’s body was found on April 29 after her building in Kyiv was hit by a Russian missile the night before, according to RFE/RL. There must be accountability for the murder of Vira as well as the deaths of the roughly dozen other foreign and Ukrainian journalists who have been killed in the two-month-old war that began when Russia invaded Ukraine.”
Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. The club has 3,000 members representing nearly every major news organization and is a leading voice for press freedom in the United States and around the world.
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