Journalism is under Threat, Attack Globally

The Kyiv Independent, the cure for propaganda . . . hopefully

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

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Woman holding Kyiv Post newspaper | A Grain of Salt | by elbyjames
The day Kyiv Post was no longer in print. Image by SaveKyivPost on Twitter, used with permission.

One thing that bothers me about the “Ukrainian war” is the conflicting stories from Russia and the conflicting stories coming from the west: In other words the propaganda.

I really want to know what’s going on, the truth. But in wartime, the truth is usually the first casualty. Just look at German journalist Alina Lipp, she faces three years in prison in her home country of Germany for her reporting from Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region. But I think I’ve found a news outlet I can trust for fair reporting of the “Ukrainian war”: The Kyiv Independent.

The Kyiv Independent was born after the staff of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s largest English-language newspaper, suspected that the wealthy owner Adnan Kivan was seeking to influence coverage under pressure from the authorities, an accusation he denied. The Kyiv Post suddenly stopped operations on November 8, 2021.

When the staff protested, Kivan fired the whole staff of around 30 journalists. Led by Ms Rudenko, the disenfranchised journalists decided to launch an independently funded news outlet.

On November 15, the former newsroom team announced they were launching a new publication, with former deputy editor Olga Rudenko at the helm, and in partnership with Jnomics, a British-Ukrainian media consultancy company founded by two Kyiv Post alumni, Jakub Parusinski and Daryna Shevchenko.

Finally, November 22 saw the official launch of the new media outlet: The Kyiv Independent.

The Kyiv Independent far exceeded their expectations. As the war began and interest peaked, some 630,000 visitors a day were reading the Kyiv Independent. The…

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A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer