But the reality is that many who make these speeches of high praise are the ones who interfere with our jobs, do their best to hinder our work, deeply fear and disrespect our profession and ignore our exposure of corruption, nepotism, lawlessness and general lack of competency.
But money can’t buy what Ukraine’s journalists want: a major attitude shift in society, starting with the lowest ranking civil servants and politicians, up to the nation’s leaders.
We would like to stop being attacked by hired thugs during rallies that we are sent to report on. We would like the police to quit standing by as journalists get beaten and start to “serve and protect” the citizenry by cracking down on crimes. We would like them to follow up on such incidents with swift, thorough and professional investigations rather than with excuses.