Members of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers’ (SMPTE) leadership team issued a resolution Tuesday condemning Russia’s assault on Ukraine.
“We, the members of the SMPTE Board of Governors, issue this resolution 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,” the resolution read. “We support and defend the individual human rights of our members in Russia and Ukraine as well as those of all our members.”
In its resolution, the board of governors called for the Russian government to “immediately cease” its invasion and withdraw all troops from Ukrainian territory. Further, it called on its partner associations across the television, motion picture, social media, and related industries to join its resolve against the actions of the Russian government.
The organization also announced the suspension of activities of the SMPTE Russian Section as well as its members’ individual participation in the SMPTE Board of Governors until further notice.
SMPTE is the global society of media professionals, technologists, and engineers working in the digital entertainment industry. As an international standards organization, SMPTE also provides a technical framework of engineering standards and guidelines that allow for the creation, management, and delivery of media worldwide.