The Kyiv Independent
Recipient of the Special 2022 Arthur Ross Media Award
The Kyiv Independent is Ukraine’s English-language media outlet, created by journalists who were fired from the Kyiv Post for defending editorial independence. The Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s global voice, went silent on Nov. 8, 2021, days after celebrating the 26th year of its uninterrupted run. The publication was shut down by the owner in his attempt to take full control of the newsroom that has always followed the principle of editorial independence. Yet, the editorial team of the independent Kyiv Post refused to be silenced. If they couldn’t save the Kyiv Post brand, they could save its values.
On Nov. 11, 2021, over 30 ex-Kyiv Post employees decided to continue the Kyiv Post’s legacy by launching a new publication – the Kyiv Independent. As the team embarked on this new project, they vowed to serve as the true, independent voice of Ukraine. The team unanimously chose Olga Rudenko, former deputy chief editor at the Kyiv Post, who dedicated 10 years to the brand, to lead the new publication as editor-in-chief.
The Kyiv Independent provides fair and reliable news on a variety of topics. From Russia’s war against Ukraine and disinformation campaigns to the ongoing pandemic and medical procurement, from human rights in occupied Donbas and Crimea to reforms in Kyiv, nothing will escape the view of the Kyiv Independent.
The following values are the backbone of the Kyiv Independent:
- The new publication will serve its readers and community, and nobody else.
- The Kyiv Independent won’t be dependent on a rich owner or an oligarch. The publication will depend on fundraising from readers and donors and later on, commercial activities.
- The newsroom will decide and execute the publication’s editorial policy in the community’s best interests. Attempts to influence it from outside will not be tolerated.
- The Kyiv Independent will always be at least partly owned by its journalists.
- The Kyiv Independent will strive to reach financial sustainability to preserve its independence in the future.