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You're reading: Why journalists get treated badly

The other day one of my friends, who is an adviser to a Ukrainian member of parliament, expressed her low opinion of Ukrainian journalists: “Nobody likes them. They are always sniffing around for some ‘kompromat,’ noticing only bad stuff. They are poor and unhappy, and jealous of the more successful people in this country.”

Increasingly, in Ukraine, journalist investigations into the luxurious lifestyles of Ukrainian civil servants and other power holders are looking like a class conflict.

A June 6 action of Kyiv journalists from the Stop Censorship campaign looked to be part of this class conflict. They tried, unsuccessfully, to get access to the luxurious presidential Mezhyhirya residence outside Kyiv.

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