On November 8, the Kyiv Post unexpectedly announced that it would shut down for a “for a short time” and that chief editor Brian Bonner was retiring. A bigger story began to unfold when the newsroom put out its own statement. In it, they declared that they had been fired because of some pushback they gave to the owner, Adnan Kivan, who sought to expand the paper to include a Ukrainian-language outlet overseen by someone they did not perceive as an independent journalist. They accuse Kivan of firing them because they were “inconvenient, fair, and honest.”
It’s a shocking development. Ukraine no longer has an English-language newspaper. Matthew Kupfer, Central Asia regional Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Igor Kossov, former journalist, Kyiv Post, and Toma Istomina, former features editor, Kyiv Post joined the Atlantic Council’s Melinda Haring on Twitter Spaces to discuss the development and provide their perspective.
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