Gongadze murder, 16 years after- civil society and media environment in Ukraine. Talk with Myroslava Gongadze. 19 September, 2016, 7pm.

The killing of an outspoken journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2001 was one of the turning points in the history of post-Soviet Ukraine. It spurred civic protest movement, demanding more accountable law-enforcement and media freedoms and played a role in forming Ukraine's much praised strong civil society for the years ahead. For Georgiy Gongadze's family search for justice has taken many years and is not complete by this day, as the ultimate masterminds of this crime have never faced justice. The Gongadze case exemplified many ills Ukraine has been struggling with: lawlessness, weak institutions and absence of political will. On September 19, 2016,  The Ukrainian Institute will offer the floor to Myroslava Gongadze, the widow of Georgiy and one of most recognisable faces in Ukrainian journalism. Myroslava will talk about the implications of the Gongadze case for Ukraine's civil society and media.


Date: 19 September 2016

Time: 7pm

Venue: 79 Holland Park London W11 3SW


The talk will be in English and will be moderated by Marina Pesenti, Director of the Ukrainian Institute. It will be followed by a wine reception.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Only those who registered will be allowed to the event.

Speaker biography:

Myroslava Gongadze, is Service Chief of the Voice of America’s Ukrainian service. She is an award-winning journalist, a champion for democracy and independent media. In addition to her work at the Voice of America, Ms Gongadze often speaks at various fora discussing politics, democratization and media in Ukraine. She regularly contributes to NPR and has publications in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR and Journal of Democracy. 

Myroslava has worked as a journalist, editor, producer and public relations executive in for several political and media organizations, including RFE/RL, Internews, IRI, NDI, both in Ukraine and the US. She received the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship in 2001 and the George Washington University Petrac Foundation scholarship in 2003. In 2014, she moderated a series of parliamentary debates on the Ukrane’s state TV channel.

She is decorated  with the Princess Olha Order, often bestowed on women of outstanding personal merit.  In 2015, she was ranked at number 53 on Focus Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential Women in Ukraine.