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Former Kyiv Post launched The Kyiv Independent

22.11.2021, 13:28
The Kyiv Independent
The Kyiv Independent

The former Kyiv Post staff has launched a new English-language publication The Kyiv Independent. This was reported on the Facebook page Save the Kyiv Post .

“We are the former editorial team of the Kyiv Post - 30 journalists and editors who were fired by the newspaper’s owner for defending editorial independence. We are launching The Kyiv Independent because Ukraine needs on-the-ground English-language journalism of the highest quality and our community needs a news source it can trust.

As we embark on this new project, we’re taking the best of the Kyiv Post legacy with us.

… We will tell the truth about Ukraine to the world every day: the truth about policy and reforms, war and culture, entrepreneurship and scientific discoveries. We will bring on hard-hitting investigative journalism to hold those in power accountable”, the new media claimed.

The editorial office counts on the contributions of readers and donors, and will later develop commercial activities.

The publication launched a platform to support its activity by means of monthly contributions of $5.

As IMI reported, on 8 of November, the dismissed employees of the English-language Kyiv Post are launching a new project. 

As IMI reported, on November 8, the owner of the English-language Kyiv Post, Adnan Kivan, announced the temporary suspension of the editorial office for a restart.

Kyiv Post employees claimed the closure of the independent publication was due to pressure from the owner, Odessa developer Adnan Kivan.

Sevhil Musayeva, editor-in-chief of Ukrayinska Pravda, claimed that behind-the-scenes problems in the Kyiv Post daily began a few weeks ago and were related to pressure from the President's Office on the edition's owner, Adnan Kivan.

Spokesman for the President of Ukraine Serhiy Nikiforov said that the news of the closure of the Kyiv Post came as "as a surprise to them as to all others."

As IMI reported, Kyiv Post features editor Tamara Istomina told “Detektor Media” that the conflict between the staff and the daily's owner, Adnan Kivan, escalated after the announcement of launching of the Ukrainian-language version, about which the staff learned from the news. The Kyiv Post in Ukrainian language had to be headed by Olena Rotari, a former editor-in-chief of Channel 7 in Odessa, which also belongs to Adnan Kivan. However, journalists opposed to her appointment made bypassing the editorial office. 

On Novermber 9, the Kyiv Post owner Adnan Kivan said the President's Office had not made pressure onto the edition or him personally to influence the editorial policy.

On November 11thit was reported that the new CEO of Kyiv Post is Luc Chénier, who has already headed the edition from 2016 to 2018. 

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