Heroes Expose Corruption and Fight Propaganda

A group of journalists stand outside looking at a drone

In the second of a series celebrating our 2016 Heroes of Free Expression, we visit brave journalists fighting systemic issues holding their countries back - propaganda in Ukraine and corruption in Moldova.

Nataliya Gumenyuk, Ukraine
Why she's a heroA co-founder of Hrmodske, a leading independent news station in Ukraine, Nataliya has devoted her career to providing people with truth in a media environment saturated by propaganda. She believes that giving voice to citizens is the most effective way to cut through the noise created by government-run propaganda machines. 

Constantin Celac, Moldova

Why he’s a hero:  This 29 year-old democracy activist turned journalist  flew a drone behind the walls of an oligarch’s compound.  The footage went viral and the issues of corruption became an open conversation.  “We were able to send a message to politicians that they should be more transparent with the money they spend, because this money belongs to all of us,” he said.

"Who are the people who have no voice in this conflict? The ordinary people, the ordinary Ukrainian citizens. And there is nobody else but journalists who can provide them with this opportunity." —  Nataliya Gumenyuk

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