Another court refuses to fine ZN.ua UAH 1 million redress in Chernovetsky's lawsuit
The Sviatoshyn District Court of Kyiv city dimissed former Kyiv mayor Leonid Chernovetsky's lawsuit against ZN.ua regarding the protection of honor, dignity, and business reputation, the obligation to refute false information, and redress for moral damage. The court made such a decision on December 16, reports ZN.ua.
We remind you that in February 2022, former mayor of Kyiv Leonid Chernovetsky filed two lawsuits against media outlet Dzerkalo Tyzhnia for the protection of honor, business reputation, and UAH 2 million redress for moral damage.
The first lawsuit challenges the content of the article Will Zelensky Take the Capital? written by politics department editor Inna Vedernikova. The plaintiff was upset with the author's judgment: "'But here it is important to remember that the main argument that allowed Yanukovych to legitimize his decision in the citizens' eyes was the anti-corruption campaign run by the security forces and Popov's team, which began actively exposing Chernovetsky's actions. The Constitution is nothing, justice is everything. The authorities demonstratively returned the assets stolen by Chernovetsky to the city's municipal property. What they did with them later is not what this article is about. However, there is definitely a reason to be afraid for Klychko,' Vedernikova adds."
The second lawsuit concerned a quote from the June 12, 2021 publication by the same author, Power or Wallet? of the following content: "Alla Shlapak – ex-leader of the Leonid Chernovetskyy Bloc faction (co-led by Denys Komarnytsky), keeper of Chernovetsky's 'networks' – is not on Tymoshenko's team by accident."
On September 7, 2022, the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv dimissed former Kyiv mayor Leonid Chernovetsky's lawsuit against ZN.ua regarding the protection of honor, dignity, and business reputation, the obligation to refute false information, and redress for moral damage. According to the publication, the case is now being considered in a court of appeal.
ZN.ua representative, lawyer Roman Vasylniak (NGO "Human Rights Platform"), noted: "The court established that the journalist's statements do not contain unreliable information, that is, any information that contradicts reality, but are only her subjective judgments. There are no legal grounds for paying moral redress to the plaintiff. During a war with an aggressor, such colossal expenses for lawsuits against journalists should have been used more efficiently, to help our Ukrainian Armed Forces, but everyone has their own priorities in life."
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