VOA Journalist Myroslava Gongadze, a tireless campaigner for human rights and freedom of the press in her native Ukraine, has been profiled in the new documentary, A whisper to a Roar, which tells the stories of democracy activists in five countries around the world.
Myroslava, who fled Ukraine in 2001 following the murder of her husband, investigative reporter Georgy Gongadze, says she is proud to be among the activists that are featured in the soon to be released documentary, which was written and directed by Ben Moses.
“The documentary shows the challenges to democracy, and the courage and determination of the activists who often risk their lives for freedom,” says Myroslava. Activists from Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe share their stories in the film.
Her personal story became rallying cry during the democracy movement that later grew into the 2004 Orange revolution in Ukraine. Myroslava has won numerous awards for her accomplishments as a journalist, including her reporting on the eve of the Orange Revolution, and as a champion of democracy and independent media.
Since she fled Ukraine she has labored tirelessly to bring her husband’s case to justice and won a landmark negligence ruling against the Ukrainian government from the European Court of Human Rights in November 2005.
Myroslava says talking about her husband’s murder in the film was painful. “It’s almost impossible to move on with your life when you are constantly asked about a tragic event,” she says, “but I feel I have a responsibility to speak out about human rights issues, and the price of freedom.”
Myroslava is the anchor of Chas-Time, a TV news and information program that is broadcast by satellite to Ukraine. It features U.S. and international developments and newsmaker interviews on U.S.-Ukrainian relations.