KYIV -- The chief editor of the "Kyiv Post" whose sacking last week prompted a strike by staff is to return to the English-language weekly under an agreement reached with its owner, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
Brian Bonner was sacked on April 15 over an interview with Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Prysyazhnyuk that Bonner refused to spike after a request by the "Kyiv Post" owner, British national Mohammad Zahoor.
Staff members went on strike to demand Bonner's reinstatement, saying his sacking interfered in the newspaper's independence.
In a statement on the "Kyiv Post" website on April 20
, staff members and Zahoor say the two sides have reached an amicable, "tentative" agreement to resolve the situation.
Under the agreement, Bonner will be a member of a four-person editorial board with Roman Olearchyk, Katya Horchynska -- currently deputy editors -- and James Marson, the paper's business editor.
Zahoor told journalists today that the whole story was "just a misunderstanding and everything is okay now."
The journalists also announced on their Facebook page
that they will make public Zahoor's telephone conversation today with the "Kyiv Post" journalists.
Zahoor, a Briton of Pakistani descent, bought the newspaper for $1.1 million in 2009. Zahoor has business ties to eastern Ukraine's Donetsk mining region.
The "Kyiv Post" was the first English-language newspaper in Ukraine. It was established in 1995 by American Jed Sunden.
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