July 20, 2016
Journalism Lost Another Great: Pavel Sheremet
Many are mourning the loss of popular Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet, who was killed by a car bomb explosion in Kiev. Sheremet hosted a morning news show on Radio Vesti and reported for the website Ukrayinska. He had a reputation as being a heroic underdog for journalists: in 1997, he was jailed in Belarus for covering the government’s political oppression. He went on to work as an anchor for Russia’s ORT television but later resigned from Russian TV in protest of their stance towards the crisis in Ukraine. He had fled to Kiev due to alleged pressure from the Kremlin, before dying in this week’s flair up of violence in Eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered an immediate inquiry into Sheremet’s death.
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