3 September 2002
Demonstrate for press freedom
Monday 16 September
in memory of our murdered colleague Gyorgy Gongadze
On Monday 16 September, a delegation headed by Jeremy Dear, general
secretary of the National Union of Journalists of UK and Ireland, will
visit the Ukrainian embassy to protest at the slow progress of inquiries
into the death of our Ukrainian colleague, Gyorgy Gongadze. We will be
urging the Ukrainian charge d'affaires to relay to his government our
demand for an independent international inquiry into the death of Gongadze.
We will meet at 10.30 am on Monday 16 September outside the Ukrainian
embassy at 60 Holland Park, London W11 (near Holland Park and Shepherds
Bush underground stations). All supporters of our campaign, of our
Ukrainian colleagues' fight for press freedom, are welcome to join us.
Gyorgy Gongadze, an investigative reporter who made enemies among the rich
and powerful, disappeared on 15 September 2000. His headless body was found
subsequently at Tarashcha outside Kiev. Later on, evidence came to light -
mainly on audio tapes publicised by a former presidential bodyguard who
fled Ukraine - that Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma and other senior
officials had conspired to harm Gongadze. The NUJ, together with Ukrainian
journalists, European parliamentarians and press freedom campaign groups,
is demanding an international inquiry into the case.