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Kyiv Post team looks for funding to launch new media

11.11.2021, 17:01
Save the Kyiv Post
Save the Kyiv Post

The fired staff of Kyiv Post weekly is looking for funding to launch a new media. This was reported on the Facebook page of the staff of the Kyiv Post.

The team reported that on November 10, for the second time, they held talks with the owner of the publication, Odessa developer Adnan Kivan, and offered him to sell the Kyiv Post.

"Kivan refused. Instead, he offered the fired 50-member team the opportunity to return to the Kyiv Post to work with a new management. That team found it impossible to cooperate with the owner, who was trying to influence the editorial office and get rid of inconvenient journalists, ”the statement reads.

The team said to be willing to launch a new media, and if they would fail to preserve the Kyiv Post brand, but "we will preserve its values." 

"The team is working to develop a strategy and business model, as well as looking for potential investors and advertisers," the statement said.

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 11th, it 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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