SMPTE condemns Russian invasion
March 17, 2022
By Chris Forrester
The Board of Governors of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) has issued a statement condemning “the unprovoked invasion by Russia of the sovereign country of Ukraine, the slaughter of innocent Ukrainian citizens, the destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure, and the suppression of individual rights of Russian citizens to speak and associate freely.”
SMPTE added: “We support and defend the individual human rights of our members in Russia and Ukraine as well as those of all our members. We call on the government of Russia to immediately cease its invasion, withdraw all its troops from Ukrainian territory, and restore the rights of Ukrainian and Russian citizens.”
The Society called on its partner associations in the television, motion picture, social media, and related industries to join SMPTE in our resolve against the actions of the Russian government.
SMPTE said it is suspending the activities of the SMPTE Russian Section and its members’ individual participation in the SMPTE Board of Governors until further notice.