Adnan Kivan, l'editore del Kyiv Post, ha detto che il giornale chiuderà immediatamente “per un breve periodo” and Chief Editor Brian Bonner “will retire after closing down the operations of the newspaper.”
They said Kivan was planning three weeks ago to expand the paper and launch “a Ukrainian-language outlet under the paper’s brand” con un “hand-picked” editor to lead the new section.
“We saw significant risks in the expansion format chosen by Mr. Kivan. We also saw it as an attempt to infringe on our editorial independence,” the staff statement said.
The Kyiv Post journalists said Kivan had refused their request to sell the paper instead, or hand over the title to the newsroom, and they described his decision to suspend publication as “an act of vengeance.”
“We see this as the owner getting rid of inconvenient, giusto, and honest journalists,” loro hanno detto.
The newspaper has had three owners since launching in 1995, secondo il suo sito web. American Jed Sunden owned the newspaper from 1995 fino a 2009 when it was acquired by UK businessman Mohammad Zahoor. Syrian native Adnan Kivan bought the paper in March 2018.
Kivan owns the Kadorr Group
, according to the paper’s website
. In addition to its activities in real estate and agriculture
, Kadorr also owns Channel
7, a Ukrainian broadcaster
, secondo Kadorr’s website
— CNN’s Mayumi Maruyama contributed to this report.