Orest Drul received 2018 Prize for Progress in Journalism


On the first day of Lviv Media Forum, a new winner of the Oleksandr Kryvenko Prize “For Progress in Journalism” was announced. This is already the fifteenth laureate of the Prize. This year, “Kapitula Postupu” organization awarded the prize to a public figure, journalist, publicist, editor-in-chief of the Internet newspaper “Zbruch” – Orest Drul.

“Orest Drul is the last active editor from the generation of dissidents and self-publishers of the Ukrainian media, to whom we owe the legendary “Yevshan-zillia” almanac, “Postup” newspaper, “PostPostup” weekly, “Misto. Polis” magazine. His long path in the media industry has brought him to the creation of a unique civilization project – the Internet newspaper “Zbruch”, which has become an intellectual platform for new discourses and thus a source of new senses. Being of Galician nature in its essence, it continues to push Ukraine through on the global scene,” Zurab Alasania, head of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine, commented so on the figure of the winner.

The Prize for Progress in Journalism was established by “Kapitula Postupu” organization. The latter consists of friends and colleagues of a well-known journalist and editor Oleksandr Kryvenko, who tragically died on April 9, 2003. Traditionally, the Kryvenko Prize awarding ceremony is accompanied by a Liberty Lecture. This year’s lecture was delivered by historian Ihor Kozlovskyi, who was released from the captivity of the so-called “DNR”.

We shall recall that the Prize “For Progress in Journalism” is awarded annually in May as a commemoration of Oleksandr Kryvenko’s birthday. The awarding ceremony has been conducted within the framework of Lviv Media Forum since 2013. In recent years, the prize has been awarded to Ukrainian journalists and editors Serhiy Rakhmanin, Volodymyr Ariev, Serhiy Leshchenko, Vakhtang Kipiani, Olena Prytula, Mustafa Nayyem, Yuliia Mostova, Kostiantyn Usov, Oleksa Shalaiskyi, Kristina Berdynskykh, Levko Stek, Natalka Sedletska, Roman Vintoniv, as well as a Polish journalist and diplomat Marcin Wojciechowski.