Photo Credit: Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations
News Organization: VECHERNYAYA ODESSA
Gunned down Aug. 11 on his way to work as editor-in-chief of the influential Vechernyaya Odessa newspaper. The veteran journalist was instrumental in trying to create a free and independent press in the post-communist era. His paper had been sharply critical of local government officials in recent months. Derevyanko was 59.