Ukrainska Pravda

Sevgil Musaieva, Ukraine

International Press Freedom Awards

CPJ is honored to present its 2022 International Press Freedom Award to Ukrainian journalist Sevgil Musaieva.

Sevgil Musaieva is editor-in-chief of Ukrainska Pravda, Ukraine’s leading independent online newspaper covering politics, economics, and culture – and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.   

Ukrainska Pravda

After Russia started its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Musaieva mobilized her team to deliver truthful and unbiased reporting to their audiences, which increased manyfold in the first days and weeks of the war. She launched the English-language version of the outlet – whose name means “Ukrainian Truth” – to respond to international demand for factual and timely information on and from Ukraine.    

Musaieva recently spoke with CPJ about her team’s experience reporting on the war, emphasizing that they were trying to ensure that the subjects of their reporting “will not be just statistics.”

Before joining Ukrainska Pravda, Musaieva served as a business reporter for the newspaper Delo (Happenings), the weekly Vlast Deneg (Power Money), and Forbes Ukraine, where she covered corruption in the oil and gas industries, among other topics. She also co-authored a book on Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev. Musaieva is a member of the Crimean Tatars, an ethnic group facing persecution within Russian-occupied Crimea.

Musaieva has worked relentlessly since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Under her leadership, Ukrainska Pravda’s journalists have continued their reporting efforts despite Russia’s declared ban on the publication and the dangers of frontline reporting in an active war. In June 2022, she and a colleague received death threats following the publication of an investigative report.

Ukrainska Pravda

Two of Ukrainska Pravda’s previous chief editors, Pavel Sheremet and Georgy Gongadze, have been murdered in relation to their work.

Musaieva was a 2019 Harvard University Nieman Fellow and is a six-time winner of the Presszvanie prize for economic journalism in Ukraine. She also received the Anthony Moskalenko Memorial Award for her contribution to the development of Ukrainian journalism, and Time magazine featured her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2022. 

In honoring Musaieva with an award, CPJ highlights the vital role journalists play in reporting on active conflicts, humanitarian crises, and war crimes at great personal risk to themselves and their teams. In selecting Musaieva, a Crimean Tatar whose ethnic group faces persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea, CPJ is also drawing attention to the ongoing situation there, where Russia has jailed independent journalists and shuttered critical media outlets since 2014.