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Letter from the publisher

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Nov. 19, 2009, 10:58 p.m. |

Mohammad Zahoor

Kyiv Post publisher Mohammad Zahoor announces improvements to the newspaper and his future plans. Dear Kyiv Post readers,

I have been a big fan of this newspaper since it started in 1995. Since July, I have had the privilege to own and publish the Kyiv Post. While today’s economy is tough for advertising-dependent media, I am fortunate to be able to invest in the newspaper, which plays a vital role in Ukraine.

Today, I am happy to announce some of the improvements we have made in recent months. More are on the way. So far, we have:

Doubled the number of printed pages, to 32 from 16, and hired more journalists to cover the news;

Improved the newsprint quality so that the pictures, stories and advertisements look as attractive as possible;

Redesigned the www.kyivpost.com website to give our growing worldwide audience more news and free access to our exclusive archive of articles;

Added more than 50 distribution locations in Kyiv and throughout the major population centers of Donetsk, Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk and Odessa, so that the newspaper is easier to find; and

Lowered the price of delivery subscriptions, so that the newspaper is more affordable to more people.

As owner, I pledge to continue the newspaper’s history of independent journalism and editorial independence. Neither I nor anyone who works for me interferes with news decisions made by the newspaper’s journalists. Of course, my ISTIL Group is active in business and community events in Kyiv, so we expect our newsworthy activities to be covered. And my wife, the singer and actress Kamaliya, makes her own news as well.

As publisher, I am ultimately responsible for everything in the newspaper and I determine its strategic direction with my investment decisions. We will have a newspaper that emphasizes investigative reporting, that is on the top of the political scene and that offers top-notch business and entertainment coverage. We are also a community newspaper at heart and will make room, in print and online, for coverage of events and people important to our audience.

With your support, the best days are ahead for Ukraine's No. 1 English-language newspaper. Please stay tuned for even more improvements soon and let us know how we are doing!

Sincerely,

Mohammad Zahoor

Kyiv Post publisher
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Anonymous Nov. 20, 2009, 12:39 a.m.    

Congratulations we look forward to Kyivpost providing a more professional and unbiased news coverage.

Your strategic decision to date have been a step in the right direction. Bringing Ukraine closer to the world and the world closer to Ukraine.

More investigative journalism would be welcomed, provided it is based on sound research and not slanted to wards any one political point of view.

We look forward to Kyivpost continuing in its endeavor and success.

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Anonymous Nov. 20, 2009, 3:36 a.m.    

I'm not Ukrainian, nor can understand the Ukrainian/Russian language. But my wife is, and she got me interested in Ukrainian life & politics.

I stumbled upon Kyiv Post after accessing various Ukrainian News sites and am a faithful (daily) reader. I read the commentaries as well.

In fact, I PDF articles of great interest and send them to my friends/family members.

The Ukraine is important to us, and more in the West should follow Ukrainian events.

Ditto BTW, with Georgia and Belarus.... and Russia.

I'm looking forward to learning more about Kyiv, Ukraine, its politics & people.

I hope Kyiv Post has healthy future; and from the publisher, my hope appears to becoming true.

Good Luck in the coming year!!

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Anonymous Nov. 21, 2009, 8:10 a.m.    

I have been a reader of KP for a long time, and as a foreigner married to a Ukrainian, we find the news from KP of value when we live abroad. At home we try to enjoy the KP in paperversion, but it has been a struggle to get hold of it so far.

So we appreciate the effort to distribute it to more places around in Ukraine.

We also enjoy the effort made to make the online version better and more flexible for comments, really a valuable effort.

Wish you the best with the newspaper and look forward to an important contribution to the democracy development - a free press with critical journalism.

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Anonymous Nov. 23, 2009, 7:22 p.m.    

Definitely a step in the right direction. I am a journalist and editor of a local weekly newspaper in the south west of England and have been a long term admirer of the Kiev Post. I know how challenging it can be to have a truly independent newspaper in a difficult and sometimes hostile publishing environment. The increasing credibility the Kiev Post enjoys is due, in no small measure, to the efforts of both publisher and editor. Keep up the good work. You will get there in the end, I'm sure.

Steve Hutchings

Acting Editor

Sidmouth Herald

South West England

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Anonymous Nov. 24, 2009, 6:51 p.m.    

I have been following Kyiv Post for many years now and am happy to know that it's publishing standards and contents have improved over time. Congratulations Mr. Zahoor and I hope that you will continue with your articles on a regular basis.

Rajat Khurana

Madeira Island

Portugal

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Anonymous May 19, 2010, 10:58 p.m.    

I recently noted a change in tone and selection of articles in KyivPost. It starts to remind me scaringly of &quot;Pravda&quot; in the old times, with in-extenso speeches of the Russian president, joyful reports about ever closer cooperation between Ukraine and Russia, on all fronts, and a stunningly surge in &quot;good news and progress&quot; articles.

I had to google a little to find an explanation, and my suspicions were confirmed when I read about the owner change, and the new owner's background.

Reading the letter from the new publisher above only further confirmed my impressions. Read this: &quot;Neither I nor anyone who works for me interferes with news decisions made by the newspaper’s journalists. Of course, my ISTIL Group is active in business and community events in Kyiv, so we expect our newsworthy activities to be covered.&quot;

Let me rephrase: &quot;I don't have a clue about what free press is about, and I don't care&quot;.

Thank you for everything, KyivPost.

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