Matilde waltzes again: Noted journo gets Ukraine credentials back
One of Denmark’s most respected journalists can finally get back to work.
Matilde Kimer, DR’s renowned correspondent covering the War in Ukraine, has had her press accreditation restored by Ukraine following an extended drama involving the Ukrainian security services.
DR has this week confirmed that Kimer’s credentials have been approved once again and that she is free to report from Ukraine as she had done up until August 22.
“I hope and believe that they have investigated the case – Matilde’s and our journalism – and realised that there is no doubting Matilde Kimer’s integrity, independence and credibility as a journalist,” said Niels Kvale, who runs DR’s foreign affairs desk.
“But I don’t know, because we haven’t been given an explanation – just as we didn’t when her press accreditation was annulled.”
Up for a Cavling
Danish media organisations condemned Ukraine for stripping Kimer of her press credentials and the foreign minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, brought up the issue with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.
Kimer has been nominated for the prestigious Cavling Award this year by Journalistforbundet, the country’s journalism association, for her coverage of the War in Ukraine.
“In 2022 alone, she has reported from Moscow, Kiyv, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Bakhmut, Novoluhanske, Konstantinovka, Sieverodonetsk, Izyum, Kirovograd, Dnipro, Kursk, Slovyansk, Odessa, Mykolaiv, Lysytyansk, Moldova and Istanbul,” wrote Journalistforbundet.
“Kimer has provided over 150 live transmissions to DR News, Horisont and 21 Søndag. She has delivered 85 unique features to Radioavisen and 70 special features to P1’s Orientering and P1 Morgen.”
The Cavling Award winner will be revealed in a matter of days.