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book serves as a warning to journalists not to be taken in by
official sources and political ideology but to report what they
actually learn through their own efforts. Gamache deserves
commendation for his research and careful reconstruction of
Jones' reportorial journeys.'
impressive...For the first time we now have an impeccably
researched, academic study of this compelling theme. It will
certainly appeal to students of journalism...and those
interested in international affairs more generally...This study
is detailed from cover to cover, the author's sheer enthusiasm
for his research and his discoveries are highly infectious.'
researched book [that] returns Gareth Jones to his rightful
status, as one of the most outstanding journalists of his
generation, in a tumultuous era that depended upon honest
journalism as its main source of news.'
Jones (1905-1934), the young Welsh investigative
journalist, is revered in Ukraine as a national hero and
is now rightly recognised as the first reporter to reveal the
horror of the Holodomor, the Soviet Government-induced famine of
the early 1930s, which killed millions of Ukrainians.
Jones - Eyewitness to the Holodomor is
a meticulous study of the efforts made by the the Aberystwyth
and Cambridge-educated journalist,
a fluent Russian-speaker, to investigate the Soviet
Government’s denials, that its Five Year Plan had led
to mass starvation,
by visiting Ukraine in 1933 and reporting what he saw and
witnessed: ‘I walked along through villages and twelve
collective farms. Everywhere was the cry, “There is no
bread. We are dying”’.
to alert the world to the suffering in Ukraine and to expose
Stalin’s policies and prejudices towards the Ukrainian
people, Jones published numerous articles in the UK (The
and the USA (New
York Evening News and
with headlines such as ‘Famine Grips Russia. Millions
Dying’, but soon saw his credibility and integrity attacked
and denigrated by Soviet sympathizers, most famously by
Moscow-based Walter Duranty of the New
Jones was killed by bandits the following year, on the eve of
his 30th birthday, whilst travelling in Japanese-controlled
China. There remain
strong suspicions that Jones’ murder was arranged by the
Soviets in revenge for his eyewitness reporting which brought
global attention to the Holodomor.
is an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Department of
Mass Communications at King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.