“This is the second murder of a journalist who has been affiliated with the ‘Ukrainska Pravda’ and that is a very disturbing fact,” says Nina Ognianova, Coordinator of the Europe and Central Asia program of the CPJ. Pavlo Sheremet, a close friend and award winner of the CPJ was murdered in downtown Kyiv in July 2016, sixteen years after the killing of ‘Ukrainska Pravda’ journalist Georgy Gongadze. While both murders are high-profile cases, the investigation into Gongadze’s death has dragged on for more than a decade and “the masterminds have yet to be brought to justice.”
“We hope that this murder will be treated in a different way by this Government and the new authorities in Ukraine,” says Ognianova adding that the CPJ, as an organization, will make sure that the investigation continues and that the murder will not go unpunished.
Kyiv Post’s Josh Kovensky spoke to Nina Ognianova, Coordinator of the Europe and Central Asia program of the CPJ via Skype on July 23, 2016.