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Ukrainian journalist recognized for uncovering fake news and corruption

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Ukrainian Service, known locally as Radio Svoboda, is celebrating the talent of reporter Valeriya Yegoshyna who has made the shortlist for the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award.

The investigative work that put Yegoshyna on the shortlist for the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award revealed potential corruption among officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), whose official salaries and property declarations do not match their luxury living standards.

The video report, which focuses on the luxury cars in a parking lot for employees of the SBU’s Economic Department, also won her the 2018 National Investigative Journalism Award at the Mezhyhirya Festival in June.

“Valeriya has the ability to go after often difficult stories which have many underground layers,” said Drach.

In partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association (FPA), the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award selected the stories of twelve journalists aged 30 and under from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than $20,000, based on their originality and impact. Yegoshyna and two other finalists are vying for the award, which will be announced on November 26 at a gala dinner in London.

With a monthly average of over 4 million visits to its website, RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service sets a standard in the Ukrainian media market for independence, professionalism, and innovation.

About the Award

Name: 2018 Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award
Project: Luxury Cars of the Security Service of Ukraine
Winner: Valeriya Yegoshyna
Network: RFE/RL
Presented by: Thomson Foundation