Professional Activities and Security: Legal Response to Journalist Insurance

On June 26, at 12:00 a.m., a round-table discussion “Legal Response to Journalist Insurance As Additional Guarantee of Media Workers Security” takes place (Hall 2).

Organized by: Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine

Participants: Yurii Stets, Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine; Morten Enberg, Head of the Office of the Council of Europe; Serhiy Tomilenko, Head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. The representatives of the following have been invited: Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on Free Speech and Information Policy, “Detector media”, Institute of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, insurance companies, etc.

Topics for discussion:

– general issues of introducing mandatory journalist insurance as an additional guarantee of media workers security;

– the legal response to journalist insurance;

– proposals as to the practice and procedure of insurance: who is to be insured, which insurance risks should be envisioned, amounts of insurance coverage, etc.;

– how to oblige employers to provide insurance for media practitioners;

– the role of trade unions in the mechanism of mandatory journalist insurance;

– freelance journalist insurance – how can it be realized?

More information: Journalist activities are often related to covering crises, conflicts, and catastrophes, which tangibly endangers media workers’ lives and health.

The problem of journalists’ protection looms especially urgent in light of Russia’s military aggression.

In view of an increased tendency towards journalists’ lives being endangered, it deems advisable to introduce additional guarantees of their security, namely legal codification of mandatory insurance of media workers against risks accompanying their work, in particular in case of major hazards, such as natural disasters, accidents, the ATO.

The mandatory insurance of journalists as the media owner’s obligation to insure a journalist’s life and health during professional activities, defined by law, is an additional guarantee of their security.

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