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Yevhen Maloletka and Mstyslav Chernov become Gongadze Award 2022 laureates

23.05.2022, 10:48
Photo: PEN Ukraine
Photo: PEN Ukraine

Journalists Mstyslav Chernov and Yevhen Maloletka won the Gongadze Award 2022. The award ceremony took place on May 21, PEN Ukraine reports.

They were the only journalists who had been covering the siege of Mariupol by russian troops for international publications and documenting the aftermath of the shelling in the city for more than two weeks.

Receiving the award, Mstyslav Chernov stressed why the work of Ukrainian photographers and journalists is especially important today: “The Ukrainian army surprised the world this year. As well as Ukrainian journalism. The whole world is watching Ukrainian journalists to find out their perspective and how they see the war. And it is very important that we tell the world the history of Ukraine, which is being made now."

Yevhen Maloletka honored the people whose grief he saw in bomb shelters, hospitals and on the streets of Mariupol, and said: "We have seen a lot during the war, but no one in the world has seen so much pain and so many deaths."

Mstyslav Chernov is an Associated Press journalist, videographer, photographer, military correspondent. President of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers.

Yevhen Maloletka is a photojournalist. He started his career as a photographer in 2009. As a freelancer, he has worked with the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and Der Spiegel.

Serhiy Sydorenko, editor of European Pravda, and Tetyana Troshchynska, editor-in-chief of Suspilne Radio, also became finalists for the 2022 Award.

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