Environmentalist Volodymyr Honcharenko
did all in his power to inform the Ukrainian public, and the authorities, about
toxic chemicals, dangerous levels of radiation, excessive concentration of lead
in the region’s water supply and much more.
His death on Aug. 3, following a brutal attack, has
made real access to information that much harder. Nor can it become easier when
so painfully little is even now heard about Honcharenko’s murder and when there
are worrying signs that, for whatever reasons, not all of those in authority appear
to want the truth to come out and those responsible to be held to answer.
Honcharenko was killed in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, not
in Kyiv, and he wasn’t officially a journalist, “just” an environmentalist. Environmental
issues are never exactly “sexy,” and they more often than not require extra
reading, reference material, etc.