From the FB page: News From and About Ukraine in English

Nov 19, 2021

Dear Kyiv Post readers,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to address recent developments at the Kyiv Post as we look to reconnect with our readership and move towards the next chapter in the 26-year story of this Ukrainian media institution.

WHO IS THE NEW / RETURNING CEO OF KYIV POST?

I am a Canadian citizen and have been based in Kyiv for much of the past two decades. Ukraine is my home. I first served as Kyiv Post CEO in 2016-18. It is a huge personal honor for me to be reappointed to this position. As a longtime resident of the Ukrainian capital, I have been an enthusiastic reader and ardent supporter of the Kyiv Post for many years. I felt it was my duty to come back as CEO at this challenging time in the organization’s development.

WHY DID THE KYIV POST SUSPEND PUBLICATION ON NOVEMBER 8th?

This is a hotly debated issue that has been interpreted in many different ways by different people. While I think it is important to acknowledge that I did not personally participate or witness any of the events leading up to the decision to suspend publication of the Kyiv Post, I believe the key fact was that the chief editor and the owner of the Kyiv Post decided the time had come to part ways.

There is also general agreement that tensions had been mounting for a number of weeks due to plans for the launch of a Ukrainian-language version of the Kyiv Post, which was opposed by many members of the newsroom team.

Positions appear to have become increasingly polarized amid a general breakdown in communication and plans for a mass walkout by the newsroom team. This resulted in the decision to temporarily suspend the publication of the Kyiv Post as the only way out of the deadlock.

Following my appointment as CEO, I sought to meet with the editorial team in order to engage in a constructive dialog and hopefully identify how we might be able to move forward together. Unfortunately, they felt things had gone too far for them to return, and have now announced plans to set up their own publication.

While I am genuinely disappointed that we were not able to resolve these issues, I wish the former Kyiv Post newsroom team well in their new venture and hope it will prove successful. Ukraine can always use more quality English-language coverage. As CEO of the Kyiv Post, I also believe that having another viewpoint on the market is not only good for business but also great for democracy.

UNDERLINING THE INTERNATIONAL IMPORTANCE OF THE KYIV POST

The decision to suspend publication of the Kyiv Post was a difficult one and has sparked understandable international alarm. I appreciate the expressions of concern voiced since last Monday’s announcement and believe the strength of feeling expressed underlines the importance of the Kyiv Post as a flagship of independent journalism and freedom of speech in an independent and democratic Ukraine.

I have received assurances from Kyiv Post publisher Adnan Kivan that the respect towards editorial independence which he has consistently demonstrated throughout his three years as owner of the paper remains unchanged.

Editorially, my priority will be to make sure we are in a position to deliver balanced and factual news. I regard the BBC as the gold standard in this regard, as does Mr. Kivan. We both want the journalism of the Kyiv Post to meet the highest international standards. The Kyiv Post will also continue to provide a platform for a diverse range of opinions and informed debates.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank outgoing Chief Editor Brian Bonner for his many years of outstanding service. I believe it is no exaggeration to state that Brian Bonner has set the standard for a generation of Ukrainian journalists.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OUR SUBSCRIBERS

Unfortunately, we encountered technical problems with the Kyiv Post subscription system in recent days, leading to mass cancellations. I apologize for this error and will be contacting subscribers personally to offer a solution to this regrettable incident, whether they decided to cancel on their own initiative or were affected by this technical glitch. We will make sure the financial concerns of our subscribers are addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

UNRESTRICTED ONLINE ACCESS TO UKRAINE’S GLOBAL VOICE

The good news is that the Kyiv Post will no longer be behind a paywall. This will enhance our role as Ukraine’s Global Voice and will enable us to deliver great content to as many people as possible around the world. While paywalls make good business sense for many publications, offering unrestricted access reflects the Kyiv Post’s status as a free speech flagship and enhances the newspaper’s role as the leading source of English-language content about Ukraine.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message. The sudden nature of recent developments has left many of our readers unsure of the Kyiv Post’s future direction. I recognize these concerns and am committed to maintaining the values of transparency and integrity that have defined the Kyiv Post for more than a quarter of a century.

WHEN WILL THE KYIV POST RETURN?

The Kyiv Post plans to be back in time for the Christmas holidays! I ask for your patience and understanding over the coming weeks as we prepare for the next chapter in the history of this venerable media institution.

As we enter a challenging and exciting period for the Kyiv Post, I look forward to a constructive dialog with our global audience. Please send me your thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas to: CEO@kyivpost.com

Luc Chénier
CEO, Kyiv Post
CEO@kyivpost.com
http://www.kyivpost.com

6 comments

  • Good for Ukraine to have the KP back in action. No more paywall. Readership will therefore increase, as will ad revenue.
    Plus a new publication will launch in competition with the KP.
    I wish them both good luck.

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    • They ruined KP by first removing the comments section, then going behind a paywall. When I first came here, KP was an actual newspaper and was always handed out on Ukrainian airlines when boarding. They used to hammer Yanu mercilessly and survived, but they have been in the crosshairs of the oligarchs for years.

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      • That’s a great decision to remove the paywall. The KP should be a beacon of freedom. It should be allowed to criticise the govt as it sees fit. But it must never run any putlerite shit.
        I am against paywalls. I used to read the Times until Murdoch put it behind a paywall. I went to the Telegraph instead, but dropped it when it too went subscription only.
        Eventually I relented and took a sub with them, as I found there was simply no other source of reliable news. Even scuzzy Labour politicians read it because they can get the facts from it.
        Lately the DT has been running some very irritating articles by millennials with a liberal leaning, but I understand why they do it; pure commercial reasons; the core readership has been dying off.
        Nevertheless I stick with it because there are still some great articles, plus the finance and business sections are superb.
        The DT is the most consistently anti-putler of UK mainstream media. There was one exception: in 2014 it ran two filthy putlerite articles by Christopher Booker, a real arsehole from Private Eye. The filthy trolls that cheered putler on with him and that cunt Farage are still with the DT today, as they’ve taken out subs. They can be seen whenever Con Coughlin or a writer with similar views to him puts something out. The wording has not changed one bit since 2014. I saw yesterday the same old phrases : “Kyiv nazis”, “CIA-Mossad-EU coup”, “Russia is a Christian country that takes care of its people”, “Ukraine belongs in the Russian sphere of influence”, “globalist warmongers”, “Crimea was always Russian and chose voluntarily to rejoin”, “the Russian speakers in Ukraine have been persecuted and must be protected” etc etc ad nauseam.
        Some are Russians with fake English names, but most are Farage types, or cunts as I prefer to call them. I’d like to string them up like Lord Haw Haw and the blackshirts.

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  • That is good news, pun intended. I am very glad that the Kyiv Post will return and that it will dump the paywall. I agree with Scradge: Although paywalls can be circumvented, most readers don’t know how to do it or don’t want to make the effort and so the new format will increase readership significantly.

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