Mykola Veresen is a veteran Ukrainian journalist who became, for many, the voice and face of the Orange Revolution. In November 2004, the Orange Revolution began in Ukraine as a series of political protests and events in response to charges of election fraud. Mr. Veresen was the anchor for the independent TV channel 5, a small cable station which was the sole media outlet to give unbiased coverage to the challenger, Viktor Yushchenko. The station was closely watched by international monitors as a key indicator of the fairness of the elections. Mr. Veresen is also known as one of the founders of Charter 4, a Kyiv-based nonprofit group with the goal of engaging the media in monitoring and managing projects that support a civil society in Ukraine.
International Press Freedom Award