Ukrainian journalists stood up for Gazeta Wyborcza
Ukrainian journalists and culture figures spoke up for editorial independence of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. On November 23, editor-in-chief Adam Michnik and his deputy, Jaroslav Kursky, announced that the parent company, Agora SA, which owned the edition, had fired the newspaper's editor, Jerzy Wujcik, who had worked for Gazeta Wyborcza for 30 years, without warning and without consulting. This was reported by Detektor Media.
The next step is likely to be the merger of Gazeta Wyborcza with the online platform Gazeta.pl, which publishes mostly entertaining news. This could lead to staff reductions and affect editorial independence.
At the initiative of the Ukrainian PEN, journalists, writers, artists and scientists signed an open letter in support of Gazeta Wyborcza's independence.
The signatories expressed concern "over the attempts to deprive the most famous Polish publication, Gazeta Wyborcza, of editorial independence under the guise of a corporate conflict."
“We fully support the legendary editor-in-chief of the daily Adam Michnik and his deputy Yaroslav Kursky, who beat the alarm, in particular, due to the arbitrary dismissal on November 23, 2021 of the editor Jerzy Vujcik, who had been working for the newspaper for 30 years, by the board of Agora SA, which incorporates the daily and which thanks to fatiguless work of journalists has turned into a large media group with websites, radio stations, cinemas and film studios, ” as the open letter said.
The signatories noted that the merger will translate in staff cuts and sacrifice of the editorial independence of the edition, born of the Solidarity Revolution, for profit.
"This is evident, these processes are taking place amid an unprecedented political pressure from the ruling party, which has ruled Poland since 2015, marginalizing the opposition and trying to deprive it of the media on the orders of Putin in Russia, Orban in Hungary and Yanukovych in Ukraine, by means of relentless lawsuits over the most trivial issues, deprivation of advertising revenue, incitement to corporate conflict. Formally, the government apparently does not muzzle free speech, but forces its spokespersons to rely solely on foreign grants and conduct activities outside the normal institutional framework, ” the open letter read.
The authors of the open letter pointed out that Gazeta Wyborcza has always been known for its freedom-loving approach, impartiality, and political impartiality. "Remaining one of the few Polish media outlets that can criticize the government, Gazeta Wyborcza is a mouthpiece for mass civil campaigns and protests. (…) We grew up with this newspaper and brought up with it. She inspired us with our own projects and activities. Today, we stand with Adam Michnik and his colleagues in this so-called "corporate conflict",which could result in the curtailment of the free press in Poland, ”the open lettrer said.
The signatories also noted that Gazeta Wyborcza and the Solidarity once helped Ukraine gain freedom, and Poland served as model. "Today, in support of these communities, we pay our tribute. Freedom has no borders, and if there are fewer of them in Poland, there will be fewer in Ukraine. So, by defending Gazeta Wyborcza, we are actually defending freedom in Ukraine as well. For your and our freedom! ”The open letter read.
The letter was signed by:
Myroslav Marynovych, publicist, honorary president of the Ukrainian PEN
Mykola Ryabchuk, writer, publicist, honorary president of the Ukrainian PEN
Andriy Kurkov, President of the Ukrainian PEN
Olya Hnatyuk, Vice President of the Ukrainian PEN, prof. NaUKMA
Ostap Slyvynsky, writer, vice president of the Ukrainian PEN
Tetyana Teren, journalist, executive director of the Ukrainian PEN
Serhiy Zhadan, writer
Vitaly Portnikov, journalist
Myroslava Barchuk, journalist, TV presenter
Andriy Lyubka, author, translator from Polish
Andriy Pavlyshyn, historian, translator, member of the Ukrainian PEN
Orest Drul, editor
Artem Chekh, author
Artem Chapai, author
Vasil Makhno, author
Svitlana Povalyaeva, author, poet, public activist
Yuri Vynnychuk, author
Galina Koinash, journalist
Anatoly Dniester, author
Oksana Forostina, author, translator
Halyna Kruk, writer, literary critic
Aleksiy Nikitin, author
Anastasia Levkova, author, editor
Petro Yatsenko, author
Natalka Snyadanko, author, translator
Iza Khruslinska, journalist
Eugene Zakharov, human rights activist
Victor Morozov, translator
Eleanor Solovei, Doctor of Philology, Professor
Oles Ilchenko, author
Iryna Vikirchak, culture manager
Iya Kiva, poet, translator, journalist
Natalia Belchenko, poet, translator
Taras Luchuk, translator
Oksana Kutsenko, writer
Halyna Vdovychenko, writer
Konstantin Sigov, lecturer at NaUKMA
Stepan Protsyuk, writer
Alexey Panich, philosopher, translator
Oleksiy Sinchenko, literary critic
Vladimir Kazarin, Professor of Tavriya National University named after VI Vernadsky
Askold Melnychuk, Professor, University of Massachusetts at Boston
Vano Krueger, poet, philosopher, culturologist
Oksana Lutsyshyna, writer
Hryhoriy Falkovych, poet, chairman of the Sholom Aleichem Society
Olga Mukha, Manager of Congresses, Committees and New Centers of PEN International (London, UK)
Diana Klochko, art critic, lecturer
Taras Wozniak, Editor-in-Chief of Yi Magazine
Zoya Kazanzhi, journalist
Katerina Botanova, critic, curator
Rostislav Semkiv, lecturer at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, director of the Smoloskyp publishing house
Yurko Prokhasko, Ivan Franko Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv National University
Pavlo Volvach, author
Olga Luchuk, literary critic
Olesya Yaremchuk, journalist, writer
Gaska Shiyan, author
Irina Shuvalova, poet, translator, researcher
Andriy Puchkov, art critic, culturologist
Yuriy Matevoshchuk, director of the Ivan Marchuk Museum
Vakhtang Kebuladze, Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Maria Tytarenko, Associate Professor of the UCU School of Journalism and Communications
Kateryna Mikhalytsyna, writer, translator, artist
Tamara Gundorova, Doctor of Science, Professor, Member of the Ukrainian PEN
Yaroslav Hrytsak, historian
Maria Tytarenko, Associate Professor of the UCU School of Journalism and Communication
Kateryna Mykhalytsyna, writer, translator, artist
Basan Oksana, civil servant
Igor Matskevich, pensioner
Hryhoriy Okhotyn, OVD-Info
Romana Romanyshyn, artist, creative workshop "Agrafka"
Andriy Lesiv, artist, Agrafka's creative workshop
Arkady Shtipel, poet
Maria Galina, writer
Mykola Semena, Crimean journalist, journalist of Radio Svoboda
Mykhailo Nazarenko, literary critic, associate professor of the Institute of Philology of the Kyiv National University
Taras Prohasko, author
Victor Verbych, poet and essayist
Help us be even more cool!