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Back Story: The Kyiv Post is not an opposition paper

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Nov. 24, 2011, 9:09 p.m. | Op-ed — by Michael Willard
Michael Willard writes: Newspaper is supposed to be tough and critical, but also nonpartisan and fair in coverage. This might come as a surprise to some: The Kyiv Post is not an opposition newspaper.

I do not write this with tongue firmly planted in cheek. It is not a disingenuous statement to appease. It is not a ploy to avoid any pressure. In other words, the sucking sound you hear is of a country in transparency hell – not our newspaper sucking up.

However, in a recent meeting with the pro-administration website obozrevatel.com, it was flatly stated that our newspaper was considered oppositionist. I stopped the editor with a denial, but he smiled as if to say, “Yeah, sure. My cocker spaniel is a cosmonaut.”

It sounds rather sing-song to say it – for it has rolled off my tongue on multiple occasions over these last four months in discussions with both expat and Ukrainian business leaders – but the Kyiv Post strives for fairness, for balance and for accuracy.

These attributes, of course, are in the eyes of the beholder. If you are on the receiving end of a story that reveals an administration foible – whether it’s a brushfire or a raging inferno – you might see things differently, even if you gave your side of the story.

But that is what good reporting is all about: Getting the facts and letting the chips fall where they may. It is about not taking sides, and in this regard, I am assured by chief editor Brian Bonner that we have given many politicians indigestion, regardless of person or party. We have also dished out generous helpings of praise.

That’s what good reporters do, and good newspapers encourage. However, news being what news is, the so-called negative stories seem to trump the positive in the bazaar of current events.

It has been so since Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press 500 years ago. The voter here is the reader who knows what he wants to read, not the reporter or editor.

However, the Kyiv Post, given its position as Ukraine’s sole credible English-language newspaper – has a responsibility to not only be impartial but to appear impartial as well. There can be no reality distortion field here, no blue smoke and mirrors.

That is why when our publisher, Dr. Mohammad Zahoor, asked me to develop an editorial policy, I took my sweet time. I did my research.

I surveyed my own memory for historical data from experience with editors from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, as well as smaller publications like the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette and the Canton (Ohio) Repository. I asked the advice of a colleague who had once been editor of the Kyiv Post, and I spent an inordinate amount of time with the ultimate cheat sheet, Google.

In the end, I believe we came up with the most editor- and reporter-friendly policy possible, but one that still recognizes that the person who buys the ink and paper has a huge fiduciary and legal responsibility.

It should come as no surprise I started with the Kyiv Post’s motto, which figuratively is billboarded in flashing neon: Independence, Community, Trust.

However, the key passage in the newly minted document, in my view, is the following:

“The Kyiv Post is nonpartisan. We are not the voice of the powerful, nor are we that of the opposition. We take no position for or against any government, political party, faction, organization or individual.” It goes on: “If we see wrongdoing we will aggressively expose and report on it, regardless of the source. Our commitment is simply to be fair: We do our utmost to ensure that every story is balanced, that coverage is uniformly even-handed, and that it affords all responsible voices with an opportunity to be heard.”

Also, as an explicit demonstration of its impartiality, the document states that, in general, it is not the newspapers mission to endorse candidates, and an endorsement can only be done with the approval of the publisher.

There are, of course, other elements, including an editorial board headed by the publisher and including the chief editor, several sub editors and the chief executive officer.

The self-proclaimed outlaw singer David Allen Coe, an old acquaintance of mine, once proclaimed he had found the perfect country song: Its lyrics included references to mama, trains, prison and whiskey.

I do not claim I have nailed an editorial policy with the same accuracy. But, as Mr. Coe would have said, “It ain’t bad.”

Kyiv Post CEO Michael Willard can be reached at willard@kyivpost.com.
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Anonymous Nov. 24, 2011, 9:26 p.m.    

However, in a recent meeting with the pro-administration website obozrevatel.com, it was flatly stated that our newspaper was considered oppositionist.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/117578/#ixzz1eeWc5B1o

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Anonymous Nov. 24, 2011, 10:37 p.m.    

I won't accuse Willard of being dishonest but KP OP-ED sections appears to ignore the fact the President must use strong arm tactics to get anything done.It is easy to see why Yushchenko acted like he did in trying to dissolve Rada.

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Anonymous Nov. 24, 2011, 10:58 p.m.    

Numerous POR propaganda issues and publications from the presidential administration are also published on Kyiv Post. So, it can also be argued that your paper is pro-regime.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 7:45 a.m.    

Overall, the KP slants in favor of hack like commentary from such sources as Motyl and Bashkuk-Hepburn, among others.

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Anonymous Nov. 24, 2011, 11:29 p.m.    

of course Kyivpost MUST not push a particular political line. This is not its role. It role is to report, disclose and facilitate public debate and provide information.

If there is a bias in its reporting it comes from the fact that it is sees the world through the prism of the United States with very little understanding of European issues or European values.

The world &quot;The West&quot; is often used as a sub-diffused for US policy without recognising the substantial difference in policy between Europe and the United States. To this extent Kyivpost is a propaganda broadsheet for US policy, not necessarily by design but purely by limitations in its education and thinking.

A classic example is its failure to understand and appreciate the benefits and advantages of a Parliamentary democracy over presidential rule.

Kyivpost need to seek out and publish more commentary by European spokesperson and European Analysts and less on USA propaganda.

Contributors such as Anders Umland and other European think tanks need to be engaged in order to provide balance to Kyivposts editorial policy. There are many European analysts that are not being reported on balance by Kyivpost.

After all Ukraine is a part of Europe not a satellite of the United States.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 10:56 p.m.    

Umland is an establishment accepted hack, who has been periodically featured at the KP.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 3:13 a.m.    

Totally dsiagreee with the following:&quot; The world &quot;The West&quot; is often used as a sub-diffused for US policy without recognising the substantial difference in policy between Europe and the United States.&quot; Sorry but everyone knows countries have shared interests and the have distinctive unique interests and cultures. The U.S. Is nothing more than a big melting blended with most all cultures from around the world. It is an inspiration to many but it is not the only defining nation of the west. The term West is a quicker way of saying &quot;societies better and more firmly grounded in democratic fairness, principles, freedom of speach and assembly and governments and the advancements politically and socially attained in these societies that are far beyond the the current rules of dictatorships and authoritarian governments of the East. You can frame that anyway you want but the West is a host of nations grounded in those shared principles.

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2012, 7:38 p.m.    

Yea but they do not share a common assessment and view of how democracies work , they certainly do not subscribe to the USA point of Jew. The USA is not the official spokesperson for the west. Mst counties in the west as mentioned above are governed by a Parliamenatry system of government. ThenUSnadopted a Presidnetial system based on thenFrench model it was soon super ended by a Parliamenatry system which is the most prevalent system in the so called democratic world. The Presidentail system by design is not democratic but autocratic. Compare Canada with thenUnited States, Canada by far is more democratocnthennthenUnited States federation. The views expressed by the USa do not reflect the broad views of western nations,

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 6:35 p.m.    

I agree I just posted independently a similar comment in reply belowe before I read your comment.

there are a number of emanate person who could be called on to comment on issues of Constitutionality. Geoffry Robertson who represents Julian Assange, is a highly respected constitutional Lawyer ad is his friend and associate Justice Michael Kirby, Australia's former High Court Judge (Now retired) who is recognized as one of the worlds most emanate jurists.

They can speak out and say what the Venice commission can not even though they have hinted at it on a number of occasions. if the paper want I am happy to put them in contact with either one.

If they are reported then it gives Ukrainian politicians and academics a solid point of refection to expand the debate and educate Ukraine

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 12:20 a.m.    

Sorry Michael but your argument holds absolutely no water.

As long as (mostly) in the opinion section you allow such dubious types as Motyl, Bandera and Kuzio to spout their inane commentary on a regular and frequent basis, you definitely are an opposition publication. No one else from any other point of view has any of the same opportunities and the frequency as these incompetents and opportunists.

The Post must develop a fair and balanced group of commentators before it can earn the trust of many of its readers.

Independence does not exist as long as there are planted stories about the ISTIL group and the no talent Kamaliya. It is only Zahoor's money that allows her to pretend she is a real singer.

Community is non-existent. There are little to no stories about the city we all live in. This is a huge hole in the reporting.

Trust is something this publication is a long way away from earning. It can start by a complete overhaul of staff starting with the long overdue dismissal of Brian Bonner. Most of Ukraine will cheer this event.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 2:59 a.m.    

Dude... an opinion is just that... an opinion. You can like it, agree with it, or hate it... that's your right and it's OK, but it is still an opinion. That's why it's called the opinion section. I celebrate the complete act of freedom of speech supported by the Kyiv Post and remember this is also extended to you and everyone else while you are bashing them. So kinda lighten up... eh?

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 3:18 a.m.    

Guest 00:20 sounds like some of the Yush supporters I used to know.

If anyone such as Kuzio wrote against Yush, which he often did, they hated that reporter...refusing to believe any thing they would say. He also wrote about Yanu and it apparent why this Guest doesn't like Kuzio.

Tell me Guest, what is there good to say about this current regime that wouldn't be a planted story?

Michael Willard, I would say that I wish you had more current articles and opinions. I forget to come here at times, because I'm not seeing a lot of new news.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 3:23 a.m.    

Here we have it - an LOSER orange angry that the KP TRUE FACE of an orange propaganda outlet got disclosed.

Whine us more, orange turd. Nothing will change the fact that KP is orange mouthpiece the civilized people reads for entertainment due to its comical value, heh, heh, heh :D

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 2:51 a.m.    

I read the Kiev Post on a regular basis. I think Mr. Willard mad a valid case. I for one thank him for his stance on an independent non-partican neutral newspaper. I agree with this assessment. I also believe people will determine what they want, and they will believe what ever best suits their opinions. But facts are unwavering and cannot be changed no matter what the opinion... or what lie or deception is injected into the truth. It is best to present facts and then let people come to an oppinion in what ever way they see fit. I see fair and balanced, good and negative sides in many stories everyday printed in the Kyiv Post. I read great uplifting very positive stories as well as the negative terrible or bad stories. It is what a newspaper should be. The Kyiv Post is a paper that I know I can read and see the balance and true nature of events around Ukraine and in Kiev. What I read in this publication is evidenced by what I see on the streets and hear personally from what Ukrainans say. Ukrainians are quite diverse in their opinions and quite harsh in critism when speaking personally... especially privately. They are equally quite praising when events warrant praise. I am an American so I can assure this is seen as very admirable by this American and we share this trait... however I tend to be more publc and far less shy to express my opinion and do not care if it is private or public. (It's the American way) I visit Ukraine often and in my opinion the Kyiv Post is a great publication and very worthy of great support and journalist respect. I am more than intelligent enough to form a valid personal opinion and thank the Kyiv Post for great reporting. Thank you Mr. Willard for your due dilegence and I hope you are not persuaded to do anything else but continue with reporting fair balanced truthful reporting.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 3:18 a.m.    

&quot;I read the Kiev Post on a regular basis. I think Mr. Willard mad ...&quot;

Indeed. KP is nothing but orange propaganda outlet. Never saw that much biased yellow media lie the KP is. The facts are difficult to hide.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 3:33 a.m.    

KP is nothing but a corrupt US-paid propaganda outlet. If their dear teacher Goebbels was still alive, they will gladly service the Nazi propaganda machine too. KP for sure do not care about the Ukraine people - they did not DARE publish their crap in any language native to Ukraine for 15 years. Yuck :(

&quot;The Kyiv Post was founded in September 1995 (as part of KP Media)[1] by an American, Jed Sunden.[2] The paper covers politics, business and entertainment. The staff is a team of Western and Ukrainian journalists. 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,....&quot;

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 7:42 a.m.    

Note how the KP regularly slurs RT with a propagandistic &quot;Editor's comment.&quot; No such editor's comment regarding the overly partisan commentary from the likes of Motyl.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 10:34 a.m.    

… Someone wanted to provoke or spread some kind of misinformation that the president, instead of attending the Ukraine-EU summit, would allegedly travel to another country,&quot; he said on Channel 5 television late on Thursday.

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/117599/#ixzz1ehgoNP7j

PS These insane morons forget that Yanukovych is a CONVICTED CRIMINAL several times - for felonies.

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/ukraine/detail/117543/20/page/1/#comment-152662#ixzz1ehiZGfSn

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 8:40 a.m.    

To all of the Soviet, Communist,Russian extremist and PoR loosers or looser below: Any free, open, and comprehensive media source is not to your liking. That's just too bad. Your hatred for the freedom and democracy shows how repulsive and vile you are. What needs more mention is the Soviet style control that Yanukovych has over the media in Ukraine that has reduced the media to being his personal propaganda machine.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 2:01 p.m.    

The KP is &quot;free&quot; to favor crap over better quality journalism.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 8:04 p.m.    

LOL. Orange xoxol moron whines incohesively as usual. KP is &quot;free&quot; oligarch-owned (Mohammad Zahoor) outlet, heh, heh, heh :D

KP was created and funded by US special services to emit inept yankistani propaganda and issue marching orders to the anti-Ukraine filth column in 1995 and did not dare publish their disinformation in any language spoken in Ukraine for 15 YEARS because their lies are all too transparent for the REAL Ukraine people.

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Mykhayl Nov. 25, 2011, 8:58 a.m.    

Mr. Willard and US policy subterfuge staff,

Hope your Thanksgiving Day was uplifting and your Holiday weekend magical.

Well, these unprofiled commenters are not even the pot calling the kettle black. I cannot think of a proper idiom containing such mazhory (bratty) chauvinism. So to make one up. The red beet roots are calling the pumpkins orange.

Ukraine NEEDS an English language paper the West can understand. Putting PRAVDA through a computer translator is not going to work. Just because certain commenters say what is expected, think what is assumed and do what is tolerated does not make Western or even US values faux pas. It is like the new-immigrants in a long-suffering Ukrainian Diaspora after customary Sunday Church and saying, &quot;The priest can't be serious to think we can live like that!&quot; As we say about these former Soviet immigrants; they don't even start to be Ukrainian until they have been here ten years. Only after becoming Americans do they learn to network with other Ukrainians successfully.

So KYIV POST, unless Dr. Zahoor tells you to change the spelling to KIEV POST you're doing all right. If you can strengthen some webpage design issues then this would be a dynamo in the English speaking influence dragging Soviet Ukraine kicking and screaming into the democratic civilized world.

PS Commenters in the K P, identity theft is bearing a false witness.

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2012, 7:29 p.m.    

Pravda was trashed by a group of thugs headed by Tomas Martinez and Nestor who systematically attacked posters who did not share their political point of view. The same gang tried to trash Wikipedia and prevent factual balanced information from being published, they are same group that moderated forum.com and caused its demise. They also run a anti Kyiv Post blog on a web site that Tomas Martinez set up to go into competition with forum.com when he fell out of favor with his fellow moderator Gene Nelson from Maine, USA.

English-Ukraine-news.com

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 10:09 a.m.    

SBU &quot;builds muscle&quot; to monitor comments and blogs on the web

Ukrainian photo

The Internet will become more censorship. President Viktor Yanukovych submitted a draft law on amendments to some laws on the structure and accounting personnel of the SBU.

The bill has already caused controversy, writes &quot;Today&quot; .

&quot;Who would have explained what the counterintelligence protection in informmation-safety? Seems rough, cavalier interference in media space, attacks on free speech

http://tsn.ua/ukrayina/sbu-naroschuye-m-yazi-dlya-kontrolyu-komentariv-ta-blogiv-v-interneti.html

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 6:48 p.m.    

The KP should be an opposition paper. Everything else in Ukraine is pro-Russian garbage propaganda.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 10:54 p.m.    

Like that hack Shuster among others?

You don't know what you're talking about.

Most Ukrainians in Ukraine don't agree with the anti-Russian garbage propaganda, which the KP favors.

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Anonymous Nov. 27, 2011, 1:18 a.m.    

But, you're a Russian. Nobody cares what you think.

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Anonymous Nov. 28, 2011, 1:59 a.m.    

You don't know that while expressing a bigoted notion.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 9:07 p.m.    

100% of newspapers and media outlets must be pro-regime as ordered by the evil dictator.You know what the consequences will be if you don't follow these orders.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 9:33 p.m.    

While it cannot be said that the KP shines any positive light on the Government in power, and tends to present the opposition in a good light instead of bending to neutrality, it is in no way an opposition paper (it may lean a bit more in that direction, but not intentionally save for some of its commentators. Also, what should be noted is that world-wide, even in the strongest democratic nations, papers ultimately show a bias towards one political position or another (some just do better at it then others).

The KP has become over the years a more politically focused paper, giving far more coverage to politics then to community or city news. Though it may be warranted given the political frictions and controversies within Ukraine at this time, this predominate focus on politics, and the critical editorials towards the government in power, may cause the government watchdogs to start barking. Added to the fact the the KP is one of the few English news sources coming out of Ukraine, negative news about the government in power being accessible to the larger world only adds to the discomfort that the government may feel towards the paper.

Another problem, and this one which we are endowed with, is that as neutral as we try to be, our instill biases, our senses of right and wrong, concepts of justice, our beliefs in regards to religion and politics, tend to sway us away from the center without us realizing it, and cause us to become more and more supportive of one side over the other. Given the increasing blunders and controversies the Yanukovych government seems to be making, it may be that an instilled concept of right and wrong is causing the KP to lean more towards the opposition in regards to favorable coverage.

In regards to the commentaries and editorials, I have only read a few, and can honestly say that I have found them more aggressive in their attacks on the government in power then in being critical of the opposition (and they do have a tendency to 'heroize' certain opposition members). The KP may do well to provide better balanced commentary. Or maybe I just read a few of the more controversial ones...

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 9:39 p.m.    

Mr Willard in my considered opinion this paper and the majority of individuals writing for it are clearly pro opposition. It comes through in the weightage of article and lense through which the author is writing.

The Yulia court coverage and bent content was a prime example

Where is the article then on the good things the government has done since taking office? - and there have been a few: roads, construction, stadiums etc etc

Seems KP could do with being a bit more critical of itself and less so of the government

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Anonymous Nov. 28, 2011, 2:37 a.m.    

Like changing its bogus &quot;Editor's Note..&quot; disclaimer before RT material, while having no disclaimer before the favored and flawed sources like Motyl.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 6:40 p.m.    

As quoted above

I agree with your concerns in relation to RT posts. It is unprofessional. They do not publish such comments about BBC reports. Which in all fairness they should apply the same unprofessional standards.

I thought they had stopped that practice, maybe not.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 7:50 p.m.    

Nope.

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Anonymous Nov. 26, 2011, 5:44 p.m.    

Ask the Koreans what good the Japanese did in Korea and why then banned Japanese for 50 years after 1945. Ask the balcks what good the whites did in their apatthied SOuth Africa. Ask the Palestinians about the good Jewish zionists and ask the AMerican indians about the US Cavalry.

KYIV POST AND MR WILLARD KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND CONDEMNATION OF AN ILLIGITMATE OCCUPATIONIST REGIME OF THUGS!!

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Anonymous Nov. 28, 2011, 1:57 a.m.    

One that was elected unlike the thugs frequently given KP space.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 7:51 p.m.    

More like slugs.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 7:14 p.m.    

yes Journalist have no mandate other then the directions given to them by their editors who themselves have no democratically elected mandate. They are in turn the agents of the media owners.

The readers are not stupid. They can discerned and take into account facts and obvious bias in the terms and tone used in any article.

It is when there is no attempt to provide a balance in the discussion or a paper seeks to silence or censor comments that the system begins to fail.

Take a look at forua.com.au It was a publication that was killed off by its moderators who sought to prevent open discussion. The moderators, who were elcted in a corrupt sham of an election, banded all those who held an opposing political points of view to their own and in the process denied free Speech and interest.

Forua.com english version publication has since become defunct. No one participates in the discussion and the main protagonists who wanted to impose their political opinions have left, having attacked each other when there was no one else to gang up on they went after Moderator Gene Nelson (Maine USA) leaving behind a shell of a publication.

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Anonymous Nov. 26, 2011, 8:02 a.m.    

Report on roads...?

The current government has made a new roads...

It is as hard as the government, even though it isn't frozen yet...

Due to the terrane it is not straight, like our government...

When you look only one way you see an eastern view,

and when you look the other way you see the western view...

Very typical in our country the U-kraine...

Time for dine. Hope you like this non-pro-opposition journalism,

in the Kiev Post.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 6:21 p.m.    

Yanukocych has himself to blame. His Presidency had been brought into disrepute as a result of the political persecution of Tymoshenko. He will never be able to regain any credibility for the rest of his term of office. He is already tainted. He dug a hole so big he can not climb out of it. Anther reason to remove Presidential power. The International community has all but officially shunned him

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Anonymous Nov. 26, 2011, 5:46 p.m.    

SINCE 90% of entire media in Colonial Ukraine is pro russian pro regime garbage THANK GOD at least one ENGLISH LANGUAGE paper tells it like it is.

BOH Z VANY PANE WILLARD!!!!!

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Anonymous Nov. 28, 2011, 1:56 a.m.    

Really!?

Most of the Ukrainian views propped at oulets like RFE/RL and KP are of the anti-Russian grabage variant.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 7:02 p.m.    

Most of the claimed independent papers were funded by the USA and the CIA offshoots. There is no such thing as a free media other then what you might find on the blogger sphere.

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Anonymous Nov. 26, 2011, 9:03 p.m.    

Of course the Kyiv Post is not an opposition newspaper.

Ukraine is an insane asylum, being run by insane inmates.

It is another circle of hell in Dante's Inferno.

It is a bass ackwards, upside down, bizarro world.

The insane inmates think, to the extent that they're even capable of thinking, that anything that restores sanity is &quot;opposition.&quot;

Keep up the good work, Kyiv Post, in trying to establish some sanity in Ukraine.

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Anonymous Nov. 28, 2011, 1:55 a.m.    

Elmer as a sane observer is an insane thought.

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Anonymous Nov. 28, 2011, 2:25 a.m.    

Different strokes for different folks.

I understand that is a foreign concept

to good old Soviet uniformity.

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Anonymous Nov. 28, 2011, 2:34 a.m.    

As if the Svidomite type is truly fair and balanced.

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Anonymous Nov. 28, 2011, 7:49 p.m.    

Normal, sane people view true democracy as the preferable, normal system of government.

Sovok mafia thugs prefer oligarchy, corruption, dictatorship, totalitarianism, and a blithering idiot, Stalinkovych, as &quot;the president.&quot;

If you sovok mafia thugs want to characterize democracy as being &quot;anti-Russian,&quot; or &quot;opposition,&quot; or anything else, so be it.

Your characterizations have no basis in fact, and your twisted, perverted logic doesn't fly with normal people.

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Anonymous Nov. 29, 2011, 7:46 a.m.    

&quot;Sovok&quot; as in Ukraine's Commie drawn boundaries and Soviet like &quot;Hero&quot; designation to Bandera.

The twisted perverted logic is with the svidomiote idiots who suggest that pro-Russian and pro-Soviet are equal, while downplaying the number of ethnic Ukrainian sovoks.

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Anonymous Nov. 29, 2011, 5:08 p.m.    

wrong again, sovok breath.

&quot;sovok&quot; as in all the sovok apparatchik mafiosi thugs, starting with the blithering idiot Stalinkovych, and zArazov, Khoroshkovsky, Lyovochkin, Chechetov, and all the rest of that mafia who believe that the purpose of government is to make them wealthy - and the people be damned.

&quot;Democracy&quot; as in true representative democracy, in which people know who represents them in Parliament, rather than Yanusvoloch's son, and Pshonka's son.

That has nothing to do with being &quot;anti&quot; or &quot;pro-Russian&quot;.

It simply has to do with good government - with democracy.

The kind in which the president can't order the death of Georgiy Gongadze.

The kind in which the president can't steal Mezhihirya, and then use millions in government funds to enrich himself and his Fantasyland Mezhihirya.

The kind in which Ukraine doesn't have a blithering idiot, Yanusvoloch, as &quot;the president.&quot;

The kind in which Firtash and Boyko don't get $5 billion in gas courtesy of the government.

The kind in which sovok mafia thugs are no longer in government.

The kind in which independent courts with independent, impartial, honest judges, can be trusted.

The kind in which Landik goes to jail for brutally beating up a girl, caught on video - instead of claiming that the girl &quot;attacked&quot; him.

The kind in which a hideous space cadet like Chernovetsky can't buy votes in order to get elected mayor.

The kind in which members of government don't steal land and other government assets.

The kind in which the president of Ukraine has a credible, intelligent spokesperson - instead of Ganna Goebbels German.

And the kind in which a dysfunctional system of government, infested with dysfunctional people, no longer exists.

спасибо жителям Донбаасссаааааа..........

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 7 p.m.    

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&quot;Democracy&quot; as in true representative democracy, in which people know who represents them in Parliament, rather than Yanusvoloch's son, and Pshonka's son.

Sorry emler as much as you may despise these persons that have a right in as much as G Bosh's son GW had a right to stand for public office.

But that is not to say much more can and should be done to ensure that the parliament provided better and more accountable representation.

Unfortunately the recent changed to Ukraine's electoral laws has made matters worst. These changes were supported by the opposition.

The Venice Commission rightly critised the nee electoral system. They have called for smaller local electorates with each electorate having a multi-member representation based on an open list proportional representation electoral system, *Such as Meek or Wright systems)

This can be achieved by creating 50 or 90 local electorates with each electorate electing nine of five members of parliament. The main thing is that each electorate has an equal mandate and percentage.

One vote one value

The best we can hope for is that the system of fair and representative without providing any distinct bias in the outcome.

The rest is up to the candidates and the voters.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 7:49 p.m.    

More empty calories, in the form of long winded babble from svidomite extraordinaire Elmer

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 6:04 p.m.    

elmer.

Ukraine will never be a free independent democratic state as long as it is beholden to Presidential rule.

Your poster boy, Yushchenko opposed Ukraine adopting European values and European models of governance.

The greatest achievement of th4 Orange revolution was the Constitutional reforms of 2004. tey were a step in teh right direction.

Yushchenko opposed Ukraine becoming a Parliamentary democracy going as far back as 2002.

To a large extent the events that are unfolding in Ukraine today are as a direct result of Yuchenko's actions.

Yanukovych since being elected as President has sought to consolidate Presidential power and authority and in the process has reversed the gains made in 2004. Again Yushchenko is responsible for Yanukovych's election. His term of office was so bad that he handed Yanukovych the presidency.

It does not matter who is elected President the fact still will remain that the presidential system has and will continue to fail Ukraine.

You say you want Ukraine to become a democratic state, well embrace a Parliamentary system of representative government as recommended by the parliamentary Council of Europe and the Venice commission..

If there is one noticeable bias in Kyiv posts editorial policy it is its support for the US presidential system and US government policy and the lack of debate on the need for constitutional reform. Many of the issues raised by PACE and the Venice Commission are not reported or reflected in the Editorial opinion pages.

Bring back Umland as a political commentator representing European values as opposed to the pro USA commentators.

KP is silent on the fact that Canada along with Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are also a parliamentary democracies. why not Ukraine?

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 6:11 p.m.    

The Answer is simple.

US citizens have no experience of how a Parliamentary system works.

Not once has the British Ambassador been asked to comment of the suitability and merits of the Westminster system, which has served both Britain and Canada well, if it was applied to Ukraine. If Ukraine want to be a part of Europe then it should adopt European models not outdated undemocratic soviet/US Presidential systems

The other issue that could be discussed is the application of the principles and workings of a Common law system of justice. Something that the US Britain and Canada all share

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Anonymous Dec. 5, 2011, 2:32 a.m.    

Your ongoing mantra has suggestively equated Russian with Soviet.

In any event, you haven't won a Ukrainian election, which is understandable, given how most Ukrainians don't see things your way.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 7:46 p.m.    

and svidomites who laud KP.

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Anonymous Nov. 28, 2011, 2:33 a.m.    

The Kyiv Post definitely favors the more idiotic of Ukrainian views, which include anti-Russian propaganda.

Most Ukrainians don't go along with that crap - something typically doewnplayed at English language venues.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 5:43 p.m.    

Most readers do not like such childish abuse either. It takes away from the comments made by the poster and if anything undermines their own credibility. Every time i see such abuse I have decided to post a reflection on it to make the person(s) responsible aware of how stupid they look. They certainly do not add to the quality of the debate let alone support their side of the debate.

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Anonymous Nov. 30, 2011, 5:31 a.m.    

Russian extremists, Soviets, Communists and Yanukovych Party of Regions view any open and comprehensive reporting that exposes their corruption and their totalitarian anti-democratic culture to be a threat. This has been going on for 80 years.Freedom is bing rolled back in Ukraine and they are trying to cover up their dirty deeds through doublespeak. Free press in Ukraine after only one year of Yanukovych is currently nonexistant. Consider deleting foul uncivilized comments directed against your excellent publication. After all you do have the FREEDOM.

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Anonymous Dec. 5, 2011, 2:29 a.m.    

Idiots like yourself &quot;think&quot; (stink) in such a delusional way.

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 4:49 p.m.    

Michael Willard has written a self serving BS commentary.

KP's childish disclaimer before RT material and non-disclaimer when it comes to sources lke Motyl is a highlight of bias.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 5:39 p.m.    

I agree with your concerns in relation to RT posts. It is unprofessional. They do not publish such comments about BBC reports. Which in all fairness they should apply the same unprofessional standards.

I thought they had stopped that practice, maybe not.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 7:19 p.m.    

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KP were pressured into making that disclaimer and in the process of trying to appease the unruly mob they compromised their professional integrity.

Those that complained about perceived bias of RT publications are the same group that tried to dominate Wikipedia pages during the last parliamentary elections.

Of course they did not apply the same standards to US and British publications.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 7:43 p.m.    

English Wiki is factually horrid on a number of issues like Gogol and his work Taras Bulba.

That observation somewhat relates to the crap favored by KP.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 7:41 p.m.    

No they haven't.

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2011, 7:24 a.m.    

I laugh when Russian extremist and Party of Regions loosers attempt to attack a free and comprehensive news source. The key concept is FREEDOM.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 7:45 p.m.    

The freedom to cary on like asses and support such manner, as appears true of yourself and KP.

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Anonymous Jan. 19, 2012, 6:27 a.m.    

Articles from free and independent news sources do not need disclaimers as they fit in with KP as free and independent news sources. However news taken from autocratic and dictatorial sources that are not free require disclaimers.

KP should have no appologies for being free and comprehensive news source.

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Anonymous Dec. 18, 2011, 10:49 a.m.    

Your site keeps refreshing the article and makes thing difficult to read, and write comments.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 5:36 p.m.    

Yes I have been complaining about that also. The other thing they could do is publish the number of comments received in each article on the head lines pages. It gets worst once the number of comments goes above 50. They could also apply a profanity filter on comments and limit those comments that promote racial or personal vilification.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 7:40 p.m.    

The disgression of an undemocratically selected editor.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 5:33 p.m.    

Kyiv post does demonstrate from time to time a clear bais and lack of professionalism in its reporting BUT overall I would say that it reasonably balanced and one of not the best news source in Ukraine.

If the governing authorities have found it necessary to criticize the paper for its content then it is doing something right.

To this extent I wish to congratulate the new owners for their efforts in lifting the paper to national status.

If only they could tun off the annoying auto refresh.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 7:39 p.m.    

Indicative of a crappy media situation KP included.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2012, 6:39 p.m.    

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I really hope KP reads the comments below this is one of the best debates published. With many issues raised that should be looked into.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 7:57 p.m.    

Looks like Mr. Willard and KP can do 2 things to better themselves.

- Mr. Willard goes on a quality exercise and diet program

- as someone with a more objective sense (of what should be selected by KP) is given considerable editing powers.

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Anonymous Jan. 12, 2012, 8 p.m.    

Kuzio among some others should join him.

What's with the Digital Tonto dude - crony connection?

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