Bohdan Nahaylo tapped as acting chief editor of Ukraine’s oldest English-language newspaper Kyiv Post

28 December 2021, 12:00 PM

UK-born Bohdan Nahaylo has been appointed Acting Chief Editor of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s oldest English-language newspaper, the publication wrote on Dec. 24.

“Kyiv Post … is proud to announce the appointment of Bohdan Nahaylo as Acting Chief Editor effective Dec. 24, 2021,” reads the report.

 Nahaylo, 69, was born to a Ukrainian migrant family in the UK, reads an article posted by the journalist on the newspaper’s website.  He brings to the post more than 40 years of experience as a journalist, human rights professional for Amnesty International, Director of Radio Liberty’s Ukrainian Service, diplomat and humanitarian for the United Nations, and as a respected author and scholar.

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 According to Luc Chénier, CEO of Kyiv Post Media, Nahaylo has played a key role in leading the relaunch of the Kyiv Post’s editorial team and attracting a new team.

The newspaper reported on Nov. 8 that it had suspended publication. It was reported that all of the newspaper’s editorial staff, including its long-time editor Brian Bonner, had been fired with immediate effect.

The newspaper’s staff called their dismissal “an act of revenge,” and the owner’s attempt to get rid of inconvenient and honest journalists.

Thirty former employees of Kyiv Post announced on Nov. 22 that they were launching a new publication titled the Kyiv Independent. A website for the new publication was launched on Nov. 26, while the Kyiv Post website resumed activity on Dec. 8.

The Kyiv Independent wrote on Facebook that none of its staff had anything to do with the relaunch of the Kyiv Post.

The former Kyiv Post journalists said that there were no “wealthy owners or an oligarch” behind the Kyiv Independent, so they rely mainly on contributions from readers and donors, as well as on commercial income.

 Odesa-based construction businessman Adnan Kivan, the owner of the Kyiv Post, told the Novoye Vremya Business weekly that he has plans to restart the publication in four languages, namely Ukrainian, Russian, English and Arabic, by late 2021.

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Canada-born Chénier, appointed CEO of Kyiv Post Media, occupied a similar position at the Kyiv Post from 2016 to 2018.

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