What is it?

A new monitoring database launched by The International Press Institute (IPI) to document all attacks on journalists and restrictions on media freedom linked to the war in Ukraine.

Cost: Free

How is it of use to journalists? The tracker allows users to refine searches for the location and source (if known) of all war-related violations of press freedom in Ukraine and Russia, as well as Belarus and the wider region. It is backdated to 24 February 2022 when four Russian TV channels were banned in Estonia.

IPI’s monitoring covers all forms of attacks and restrictions, from violence and threats against the safety of journalists and attacks on media infrastructure, to acts of censorship, website blocks, repressive laws, and arrests of journalists. So far, there are more than 200 cases of attacks on journalists and media freedom linked to the war.

Simply filter your search by keywords, alert type, and country. Then click any of the results to take you to the original source.

Screenshot: search results from the IPI Russia-Ukraine tracker

There is also a visualisation tool that pulls the data into graphs and pie charts for you to share or embed in your articles.

The same tool will also allow you to search for attacks on journalists and media freedom linked to covid-19, dating back to February 2020, which can be found in the drop-down menu labelled 'topic'. There are nearly 700 search results in the database related to covid-19.

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