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Good, bad and imaginary media enemies

The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine put Yan Tabachnyk, deputy from the Party of Regions, at the top of a list of government officials and media owners actively repressing journalists’ rights after his allegedly spurious allegations that all Ukrainian journalists only write made-to-order articles, in a comment in a popular TV show.

Also on the list was Mohammad Zahoor, owner of ISTIL Group and Kyiv Post, for his decision to fire Brian Bonner, editor-in-chief of the Kyiv Post, and in recognition of the subsequent strike of the newspaper’s team. (Bonner has since been reinstated as senior editor.)

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