27 A, Khreshchatyk street, office 25, Kyiv, 01001, Ukraine

Contact: President – Yuriy Lukanov; Executive secretary – Oksana Vynnychuk, + 380 50 356 57 58, sekterar@profspilka.org.ua


Geographic area served: Ukraine

Type of organization/entity: Trade union

Serves: Staff journalists, editors, media outlets; freelance journalists; civic media/bloggers

Types of legal support: Direct litigation of cases involving journalists/media outlets in domestic and/or international courts; providing supporting legal briefs and case law  to NGOs or journalist associations that are directly litigating cases involving journalists/media outlets facing legal proceedings; providing general legal advice / counsel to journalists/media outlets; providing pre-publication legal advice / counsel to journalists, media outlets, journalist associations, regarding content-related issues or other regulations; legal advocacy for specific cases and issues

Types of cases: Cases involving defamation/libel brought against a journalist/media outlet; freedom of information claims brought by a journalist/media outlet; cases involving issues of source protection and/or whistleblowing; contractual/labor disputes between staff journalists and employers; contractual/labor disputes between freelance journalists and media outlets; disputes between journalists and media outlets over violations of professional codes of ethics.

Fee structure: Litigation assistance provided to journalists/media outlets as part of annual journalist association dues

Type of advocacy support: Leading or participating in public-awareness campaigns in support of a journalist/media outlet facing legal proceedings or court challenges; leading or participating in public-awareness campaigns around specific policy or regulatory issues that impact journalists’ reporting practices and rights; fundraising for journalists facing court proceedings; advocacy support for labor issues or disputes.