Chief, Ukrainian Service
Myroslava Gongadze, Chief of VOA's Ukrainian Service, has won numerous awards for her accomplishments as a journalist, including her reporting on the eve of the 2004 Orange Revolution, and as a champion of democracy and independent media.
Gongadze, who came to the United States as a political refugee in 2001, has gained an international reputation for her support of press freedom in countries of the former Soviet Union. She is the widow of Georgy Gongadze, an investigative reporter who was allegedly murdered by government police in Ukraine in 2000. After her husband’s death, Gongadze formed the Gongadze Foundation, an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to protecting journalistic rights and freedoms, providing support to the families of journalists killed in the line of duty, and promoting the investigation of her husband’s murder.
She won a landmark negligence ruling against the Ukrainian government from the European Court of Human Rights in November 2005. Gongadze has been awarded a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship to study the role of the media in Ukraine's transition to democracy (2001), and was ranked 52nd in a top 100 of "most influential women in Ukraine" compiled by experts for the Ukrainian magazine “Focus” (2010), after being ranked 91st in the same survey the previous year.
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Press freedom drop in Ukraine
Democracy Development in Post-Soviet States