Ukraine’s capital is getting a new street commemorating Welsh journalist Gareth Jones who broke the news about Holodomor to the Western world. The brave reporter told the truth about the macabre man-made famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s.
The lane named after Jones is nestled in the Shevchenkivskyi district, between Dehtyarivska and Khokhlov Family streets. Symbolically, the Lane is close to the TV tower and the Journalism Institute of the Taras Shevchenko National University to remind the press of the importance of adhering to true journalistic standards.
An ambitious young reporter, Gareth Jones (1905–1935) published several high-profile reports, interviewed Hitler, and worked as an adviser to UK’s Prime Minister Lloyd George. In 1933, during his trip to the Soviet Union, he managed to get rid of his escort and visit Ukrainian villages where people were dying of starvation.
In 2019, Agnieszka Holland’s historical thriller Mr. Jones (The Price of Truth in Ukrainian) premiered at the Berlinale and then hit national theatres.