Twenty years have gone by since the killing of investigative journalist Heorhiy Gongadze in 2000. His death is commemorated in Ukraine annually on September 16.
The shock of his death, by torture and beheading, left a lasting legacy for Ukrainian journalists and human rights activists, as described by Roman Tymotsko on the front page of this issue of The Ukrainian Weekly, who “demand security for journalists and that those who ordered the murders of Ukrainian journalists be brought to justice.”
This year, a memorial plaque was installed at the National Union of Journalists building in Kyiv. The newly released film, “Gongadze’s Murder: 20 Years in Search of the Truth,” aims to raise awareness and to stoke public demand for justice for Gongadze and other journalists killed for doing their work to expose corruption, crimes and lies.