Welsh journalist who exposed the famine in Ukraine

This week saw showings in Cardiff and Aberystwyth of a remarkable documentary film telling the story of the famine which devastated Ukraine in 1932-33. Central to this Ukrainian film ‘The Living’ were the story and letters of Gareth Jones, a journalist born in Barry, south Wales, who travelled widely in the Soviet Union and reported what he found in Ukraine.

Jones had been Secretary to Lloyd George, which gave added weight to his dispatches, but he became the target for pro-Stalin propagandists, including the Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Duranty. An extensive website about Jones has been created by his niece Margaret Siriol Colley and his great nephew, Nigel Linsan Colley.

The film ‘The Living’, directed by Sergiy Bukovsky, contains moving testimony from survivors of the famine, now in their 80s.

Gareth Jones died in mysterious circumstances in Inner Mongolia in 1935 on the eve of his 30th birthday. A plaque commemorating his life was unveiled at University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2006.

You can read one of his reports here.

About James Stewart

Senior Lecturer in Radio Journalism. http://staff.glam.ac.uk/users/1713-jstewart
This entry was posted in General. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Welsh journalist who exposed the famine in Ukraine

  1. Steve Groves says:

    Gareth Jones was a groundbreaking Welsh journalist and deserves much greater recognition. In some ways he was a pioneer of a style of reporting which saw him explore issues by talking to the people affected, by going into the areas affected as an eye-witness and then confronting authority with what he’d seen. He didn’t rely on hearsay and rumour – his sources were the people themselves.

Comments are closed.