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SMPTE suspends Russian division as result of Ukrainian invasion

Global society of digital entertainment media professionals, technologists, and engineers takes action

The members of the SMPTE board of governors has issued a 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” – suspending the activities of the SMPTE Russian Section and its members’ individual participation in the SMPTE board of governors until further notice.

“We support and defend the individual human rights of our members in Russia and Ukraine as well as those of all our members,” the resolution goes on. “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. We call on our partner associations in the television, motion picture, social media, and related industries to join us in our resolve against the actions of the Russian government.”

SMPTE provides a technical framework of engineering standards and guidelines that allow the seamless creation, management, and delivery of media for art, entertainment, and education worldwide.