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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Honouring Gareth Jones - Welsh journalist who exposed horrors of Stalin

A young Welsh journalist who exposed the man made famines of the Stalinist Government and was later murdered by Japanese bandits was honoured at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, today, with the the unveiling of a triligual plaque in Welsh, English and Ukrainian.

Gareth Richard Vaughan Jones, a journalist with The Western Mail, died on the eve of his 30th birthday in August 1935. Traveling surreptitiously in Soviet Ukraine, in March 1933, Jones, who spoke Russian fluently, soon thereafter wrote a number of articles about the man-made famine orchestrated by the Stalinist government in what had been the 'breadbasket of Europe.'

He then himself fell prey to a determined effort to discredit his reporting. Many millions of Ukrainians perished even as the Soviet authorities denied that a famine was raging, and continued to export grain. They were joined in their cover up by some Western journalists, including the now notorious Walter Duranty of The New York Times.

Full article here.

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