Free Media Awards
Mstyslav Chernov and Yevgeniy Maloletka - Ukraine
Photographers Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka are jointly awarded a Free Media Award for their extraordinary, courageous documentation of the Russian siege and bombing of Mariupol.
Their reports, especially their photographs, show the whole world the pain and abuse being inflicted on the local population. Chernov and Maloletka risked their lives by remaining in Mariupol to document the Russian war of aggression. Their documentation of the maternity ward bombing has been used by virtually every single international news agency. Mstyslav Chernov is a war correspondent, photographer, videographer and journalist for Associated Press (AP), as well as president of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers. Evgeniy Maloletka freelances for AP and other international media. Both were nominated by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, among others.