English paper in Ukraine strikes over 'censorship'

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Posted: Apr 18, 2011 11:43 AM
English paper in Ukraine strikes over 'censorship'

Staff at Ukraine's top English-language newspaper have gone on strike in support of their American editor, who says he was fired after refusing to pull an interview with a leading government minister.

Brian Bonner, the editor of the Kyiv Post, says he was fired late Friday following an argument with the newspaper's British owner, Mohammad Zahoor.

Bonner says Zahoor demanded the newspaper kill a sensitive interview with the country's Agriculture Minister, Mykola Prysyazhnyuk, over the government's controversial ban on grain exports. The interview ran late Friday.

The staff said in a statement Monday they are producing articles but refusing to publish their material until Bonner is reinstated. The Kyiv Post is owned by Zahoor's ISTIL Group. He could not immediately be reached for comment.