Due to attempts to change the editorial policy, 14 Forbes Ukraine journalists resigned
On 13 November 2013, fourteen journalists and editors of the magazine Forbes Ukraine’s website filed their letters of resignation as their protest against the attempts to change the magazine’s editorial policy. As correspondent Kateryna Shapovalova informed Telekrytyka, among those resigned there were the magazine’s editor-in-chief Borys Davydenko and the website’s editor-in-chief Oleksandr Ruban, as well as the website’s deputy editor-in-chief Kateryna Kobernyk, the magazine’s editors Volodymyr Verbiany, Roman Sudolsk, and Vladyslav Golovin, the website’s editors Daria Marchak, Maksym Kamenev, correspondents Maria Zhartovska, Kateryna Shapoval, Kateryna Sychenko, Yulia Danylenko, and Lesia Voytytska, as well as the art director Sergiy Lysenko. Also, the head of the innovation department of the Ukrainian media holding UMH Lab Leonid Tsodikov informed about his intention to resign on his Facebook page. According to their statement, they decided to resign to protest against the attempts to change the media outlet’s editorial policy. The listed above staff members are yet refraining from further comments but they promised to comment on this later. The management has not yet accepted their resignations. For the context, Forbes Ukraine belongs to UMH Group, which was recently purchased by the group of companies SEPEK (VETEK) owned by Sergiy Kurchenko. The contract was closed on November 5. The founder and president of UMH Borys Lozhkin, the head of the UMH segment of business media Nadia Shalomova, the marketing director Olena Martynova, and the UMH first vice president Grygoriy Shvert resigned from their positions in the media holding.
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