About 100 journalists have asked President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials to respond to the actions of individual authorities which are considered sexist and abusive.
The authors of the appeal believe that the reaction of the ruling party Servant of the People to the statement of the elected People’s Deputy Maksym Buzhansky regarding the journalist of the newspaper Novoe Vremya Olha Dukhnich is insufficient.
“Sexist or other offensive remarks addressed to journalists have repeatedly sounded from officials. Such, in particular, were: “my darling” – Petro Poroshenko’s appeal to the journalist for Detector Media Maryna Baranovskaya, “boy” – this way incumbent president Volodymyr Zelensky called the Skhemy program reporter Mykhailo Tkach, head of the President’s Office Andriy Bohdan decided to hug the journalist of Radio Svoboda when she put him questions. These and similar remarks and actions are inadmissible because they diminish the honour of the profession and human dignity,” the appeal reads.
The signatories demand “to develop and implement a code of conduct that would prohibit sexism and hold responsible representatives of the authorities”, “to develop and implement recommendations on combating sexism… and provide adequate resources for such measures”, “Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to introduce legislation prohibiting sexism in the media”, as well as “to provide training for MPs in the basic course on human rights and freedoms”.