journalist who exposed Stalin's starvation of millions of Ukrainians in the
1930s has been posthumously honoured by the
Gareth Jones, who was born
in Barry, south
Millions of Ukrainians starved to death but news of the tragedy was suppressed.
However Mr Jones wrote
about it, and was given the nation's Order of Merit at
Fellow reporter Malcolm
Muggeridge was the other reporter to reveal the truth behind the country's
enforced starvation and both are now revered in
Both are now dead and were posthumously awarded their honoured at a special commemoration ceremony in Westminster Central Hall.
The awards were bestowed upon them by the Ambassador of Ukraine, Dr Ihor Kharchenko, on behalf of the President of Ukraine.
The orders are awarded for
exceptional services to
journalistic career, which was cut short by his murder by bandits in
He wrote for The Western
Mail, The Times and The Manchester Guardian among others and during the 1930s
On his travels through the land where his mother had once lived, he was shocked to discover the famine conditions he encountered.
An estimated 7m people,
including a third of
At the time the Soviet authorities - and many western journalists - denied the nation's enforced starvation was occurring and Ukrainians themselves have only become fully aware of the events since the fall of communism.
However, Mr Jones announced
that millions were starving in
Several foreign correspondents rushed to rubbish the story with 1932 Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Duranty of the New York Times dismissing his eye-witness account as "a big scare story".
Mr Jones's niece Dr Siriol Colley has written a book about his life, A Manchukuo Incident, and said: "The Ukrainian people have taken him to their hearts - they call him the unsung hero."
Fedir Kurlak, chief
executive of the Association of Ukrainians in
"As far as the Ukrainian community is concerned, anyone who has heard of Gareth's exploits will quite simply take his hat off to him, and regard him as an exemplary journalist."
From 1930, Mr Jones acted as a foreign affairs advisor to the then former prime minister David Lloyd George.
This led to a career as a journalist and as well as visiting the Soviet Union, he reported on President Roosevelt in the United States, on Mussolini's rise in Italy and the troubles in Ireland.
He was also in
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