News Leaders Statement on Death of Photojournalist Max Levin

Statement by Jen Judson, President of the National Press Club, and Gil Klein, President of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, on the death of photojournalist Max Levin on Friday, April 1.

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) Following is a statement by Jen Judson, President of the National Press Club, and Gil Klein, President of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, on the death of photojournalist Max Levin on Friday, April 1.

“Photojournalists must be closer to military action than most because of the nature of their work.  Max Levin was an experienced professional from Ukraine who knew how to keep safe.  Levin was reportedly killed by Russian forces while working north of Kyiv.  We ask that his death be investigated as a war crime.  Targeting civilians, including journalists, is a war crime.  Mr. Levin is the 9th journalist known killed in Russia’s war against Ukraine.”

Founded in 1908, The National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists.  The club has 3,000 members representing nearly every major news organization and is a leading voice for press freedom in the United States and around the world.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the club’s non-profit affiliate, promotes and engages global citizenry through an independent and free press and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement.