Joint statement by Kyiv Post journalists and owner Mohammad Zahoor
Kyiv Post owner Mohammad Zahoor and the editorial team have reached atentative agreement, which amicably resolves the situation surrounding the dismissal of Brian Bonner as chief editor of the Kyiv Post last Friday.
On Tuesday, Zahoor agreed to a proposal to return Bonner to the Kyiv Post as a member of a four-person editorial board, along with Katya Gorchinskaya, Roman Olearchyk, James Marson.
This temporary solution allows us to continue working as normal while we continue clarifying the details of a long-term solution and contracts.
Zahoor also agreed on a written pledge to the newsroom upholding non-interference in editorial policy by himself and his company.
The Kyiv Post newsroom and its owner remain committed to providing the hard-hitting, balanced and objective reporting that has been its most important quality over the past 16 years."
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Zahoor said that, despite differences in opinion over this particular incident, he was impressed that the Kyiv Post staff had stood up so actively for something they believe in - freedom of the press.
Zahoor has been a consistent supporter of editorial independence since he acquired the Kyiv Post two years ago in what is a very testing environment for a media owner.
He has also proved his commitment to the development of a freer media environment by investing in the newspaper and a new Russian/Ukrainian website that aims to carry our long-standing high ethical and journalistic standards into the local languages.
The Kyiv Post newsroom and its owner remain committed to providing the hard-hitting, balanced and objective reporting that has been its most important quality over the past 16 years.
All parties are committed to improving the Kyiv Post and working toward making it profitable.
In this way, we will continue to serve the community by asking the same tough questions and searching for answers in the same way we always have, without fear of interference from outside the newsroom.
As before, we will be free from censorship, present a balanced view of events and always seek out the other side of the story. We are sure that this will help us to maintain what we have always valued above all - the trust of you, our reader.