|Slogan||Independence. Community. Trust.|
|Type of site||News|
|Launched||October 1, 1995 |
|Alexa rank||83,204 (April 2013[update])|
|Current status||News-in media|
The Kyiv Post was founded in October 1995 (as part of KP Media) by an American, Jed Sunden. The paper covers politics, business and entertainment. The staff is a team of Western and Ukrainian journalists, numbering 14 editorial team members as of May 2013, including 11 Ukrainians.
Historically, the editorial policy has supported democracy and free markets. It has published investigative stories, including coverage of the 2000 murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze, the 2004 Orange Revolution and political corruption. The Kyiv Post launched a Ukrainian-Russian language version of the paper in July 2010 to reach a mass audience, but discontinued the project in May 2012.
KP Media (thus Sunden) sold the newspaper to British citizen Mohammad Zahoor on July 28, 2009. Zahoor owns the ISTIL Group and is a native of Pakistan and a former (since 2008) trader in steel production in Donetsk. Zahoor publishes the newspaper through his Public Media company.
From December 14, 2010, the Kyiv Post began blocking all internet traffic from the United Kingdom (UK) as a protest against English defamation law. Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash had started a libel lawsuit against Kyiv Post in the UK at the time; the case was struck out late February 2011 because the UK court believed Firtash had no major connection with the country. The U.K. block was dropped later that year.
On April 15, 2011, the publisher fired chief editor Brian Bonner for publishing an interview with a government minister despite the owner’s request to drop it, allegedly under pressure from the government. Journalists on the paper went on strike in protest. Zahoor reinstated Bonner as an editor on April 20, 2011, ending the strike. The weekly newspaper never missed a print issue during the work stoppage and Bonner, who has served as chief editor since June 2008, remained on the job until April 30, 2013. However there was controversy after Bonner's reinstatement, when two journalists who did not sign the petition in support of him left the newspaper. Bonner did not provide a reason for their departures, with sources indicating it was due to the two withholding their endorsement of him.
On April 26, 2013, chief editor Brian Bonner announced he would be leaving after more than five years as chief editor (1999, 2008-2013), writing a final column outlining the financial and journalist challenges facing the newspaper.
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