Below is an excerpt from Rickey Rogers’ piece featured in Press Gazette:
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the world has relied on photojournalists to illustrate the conflict and its impact on the people of Ukraine and Russia. Photography is a powerful medium to inform and educate, to bring to the world events and stories that they otherwise wouldn’t see, and to preserve history.
The Russia-Ukraine war is the largest Europe has seen since World War II, more than 80 years prior. In the midst of the Second World War—at a time when there were threats of censorship and propaganda—Reuters established the Trust Principles to ensure independence, integrity and freedom from bias in the gathering and dissemination of news and information.
Just as in the 1940s, access to trusted and independent information is critical as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine rages on. While being affected by scenes of a conflict is inevitable, Reuters photojournalists on the ground aim to bring the conflict to life impartially, providing a window on both sides of the conflict.
Their reflections and eyewitness accounts capture the experiences of Russians and Ukrainians swept up in a gruelling year of war. In their pictures, we see moments of shock, tragedy and deep loss. But we also see beauty, resilience, compassion and hope.
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