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Taras Voznyak

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Taras Voznyak, despite being politically engaged, is a trustworthy source of information and a correspondent on the highest level of journalistic deontology. Your best source of information on Ukraine!

http://blogs.pravda.com.ua/authors/voznyak/

Taras is the editor of Independent Cultural Journal “Ї”, which is published in paper and electronic form. The Journal has long ago transformed into an influential NGO and a think tank. The main issues, which the NGO Independent Cultural Journal “Ї” is working upon, are the issues of civil society, human rights, interethnic relations, cross-border cooperation, multiculturalism, European integration, regionalism, globalisation and anti-globalist movements, ecumenical dialogue, political changes in the region.

During the 90s Taras Voznyak has started to actively publish his culturology essays in Ukraine as well as abroad. He is the author of more than 400 publications in Ukrainian and foreign media; he also writes for the following magazines: “Ї”, “Suchasnist” (Contemporary Times), “Kyiv”, “Philosophical and Sociological Thought”, “Krytyka” (Criticism), “Geneza” (Genesis), “Universum” (Universe), “Glavred” (Chief Editor); newspapers: “Den” (Day), “Dzerkalo Tyzhnya” (Mirror Weekly), “Gazeta Po-Ukrainsky“, “Ukraina Moloda” (Young Ukraine), “Ukrainskyi Tyzhden” (Ukrainian Week); blogs.[1][2]

The first issue of the Independent Cultural Journal “Ї” was published in 1989. Since then Taras Voznyak remains the Journal’s editor-in-chief and publisher. With the support from Reform Movement of Lithuania “Sajudis”, the first five Journal issues were manufactured as photocopies in Vilnius. The photocopies would be brought to Lviv, and then they were stitched and distributed nationally in Ukraine. This is when Oleksandr Kryvenko, the editor of samvydav Lviv newspaper “Postup”, joined the Journal team. In 1995 the Journal was officially registered – Taras Voznyak, Mykhaylo Moskal and Oleksandr Pohranychnyi became the Journal founders.

As a leader of NGO Independent Cultural Journal “Ї” Taras Voznyak organises and holds numerous international, national and local conferences, meetings, round table discussion, and other events.

Journal “Ї” has become a cult publication in Lviv. Journal’s series have been reconstructing local identities of HalychynaVolynZakarpattya, Bukovyna for many years. Several Journal issues have been promoting the almost non-existent Polish, Jewish and Armenian cultural landscapes of the region – PolishJewish and Armenian “uni-verse” of Halychyna. A range of Journal issues is dedicated to phenomena of the cities – LvivChernivtsiIvano-FrankivskTernopilKolomyja, Zhovkva.

Order for Intellectual Bravery

In 2001, an honorary distinction “Order for Intellectual Bravery” was established (initiated by Taras Voznyak and Oleksandr Pohranychnyi), which since then has been accepted by Borys Tarasyuk, Nataliya Yakovenko, Myroslav PopovychEmma Andijevska, Roman Viktyuk, Vyacheslav Bryukhovetskyi, Valentyn SylvestrovMyroslav Marynovych, Hryhoriy Hrabovych, Andrzej Nikodemowicz, Borys Hudzyak, Pavlo Chuchka, Yevhen Zakharov, Roman Petruk, Bohdan Osadchuk, Leonid Finberg, Mustafa JemilevAnatoliy Hrytsenko, Ihor Isichenko, Oksana Pakhlyovska, Andriy Sodomora, Igor Shevchenko, Yaroslav Grytsak, Aleksandra Gnatyuk, Moses Fishbein.

Public Life and Opinion Journalism

During the 90s Taras Voznyak has started to actively publish his culturology essays in Ukraine as well as abroad. He is the author of more than 400 publications in Ukrainian and foreign media; he also writes for the following magazines: “Ї”, “Suchasnist” (Contemporary Times), “Kyiv”, “Philosophical and Sociological Thought”, “Krytyka” (Criticism), “Geneza” (Genesis), “Universum” (Universe), “Glavred” (Chief Editor); newspapers: “Den” (Day), “Dzerkalo Tyzhnya” (Mirror Weekly), “Gazeta Po-Ukrainsky“, “Ukraina Moloda” (Young Ukraine), “Ukrainskyi Tyzhden” (Ukrainian Week); blogs.[1][2]

Distinctions

Taras Voznyak was awarded with an honorary distinction Knight of Halychyna in the nomination “Public Figure” (2001), a distinction 20 Years of the First Democratic Convocation of Lviv Regional Council (2010), a distinction by Lviv Mayor Saint George Distinction of Honour (2011).

(excerpts of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taras_Voznyak )