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A few hundred people gathered at Kyiv's Independence Square on Sept. 16 to honor the memory of Georgiy Gongadze, a Ukrainian journalist who disappeared on this day 12 years ago, and of more than 60 other journalists who lost their lives in the years since Ukraine gained independence in 1991.  

The participants of the memorial rally lit candles and stood around white paper boxes that had the names of the dead journalists written on them, as well as the words “honor,” “honesty,” “truth,” and “freedom of speech”.

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