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'Kyiv Post' Journalists Strike Over Editor's Sacking


"Kyiv Post" owner Mohammad Zahoor bought the newspaper in 2009.

"Kyiv Post" owner Mohammad Zahoor bought the newspaper in 2009.

KYIV -- Journalists at the English-language "Kyiv Post" have gone on strike to demand the reinstatement of chief editor Brian Bonner, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The newspaper's employees announced their strike on the "Kyiv Post's" Facebook page.

The journalists said the decision by owner Mohammad Zahoor to fire Bonner interferes with the newspaper's "independence." They said they will continue writing and editing articles online but not produce a print edition of the newspaper.

The striking journalists say Bonner's sacking is connected with his recent interview with Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Prysyazhnyuk, which Bonner refused to withdraw after a request by Zahoor.

The journalists also announced via Facebook that they would make public Zahoor's telephone conversation with the "Kyiv Post" journalists.

Zahoor, a British national, 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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