At Oleksandria, local government lost trial against journalist
The Oleksandria City District Court dismissed the libel claim of the executive officer of municipal council (Kirovograd region) Volodymyr Chebotaryov and the Department of Education, Youth and Sports of above-mentioned council against the edition "Miskiy Kurier” and then editor-in-chief Viktor Holoborodko.
The court issued the decision on February 17,as "Texty.Oleksandria" reported.
The plaintiffs demanded to refute information about kick-back schemes, non-transparency of tendering as such that could damage his reputation.
The representative of the department of education, the deputy of the city council Oleg Bankovsky could not provide arguments backing the idea the publication was negative for the reputation of the department. At the same time, he noted that he could bring dozens of witnesses who negatively assessed the publication.
In his turn, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Viktor Goloborodko noted that the publications had verified all the facts they exposed.