Commission of Zaporizhzhya National Association of Journalists of Ukraine confirmed that media outlets of “Khortystia” owner pressured editor of “Subota plus”
The editor-in-chief of Zaporizhzhya newspaper “Subota plus” Bohdan Vasylenko submitted a complaint to the Commission for Etics and Law of Zaporizhzhya oblast organization of the National Association of Journalists about the pressure he experiences from media outlets that are part of the media-holding “GLOBAL MX”, controlled by businessman Yevhen Cherniak.
Vasylenko, in his complaint to the commission, stated that the media outlets of the local media holding GMH (TV channels TV-GOLD, the local branch of channel 5; newspapers «Mriya», «Ostrov Svobody», radio stations «Europa plus», «Nashe radio», «Avtoradio», «Retro FM», websites «Golos Zaporozhya», «VGorode») were exerting pressure on him, as the editor of an influential regional newspaper. The editor outlined the features of black PR campaign conducted against him: labeling him without explaining the reasons (calling “scandalist”, “provocateur”), constant use of these terms in publications; refusal to accept an existence of alternative points of view.
The commission analyzed the filed published materials and the complaint and declared that the GMH media holding administration and journalists violated the Code of ethics of Ukrainian journalists, in particular, failed to respect the private life of an individual, ignored the public's right for complete and objective information about facts and events, failing to verify written, video and audio materials they use, and failing to set apart facts, speculations, and implications. The commission considers that the holding's media outlets were knowingly distorting the truth and were intentionally providing unbalanced presentation of facts and opinions.
Earlier, on October 22, Zhovtnevy court of Zaporizhzhya satisfied all demands of the owner of TM “Khortytsia” Yevhen Cherniak against the newspaper “Subota plus”, reducing only the amount of indemnification from 120 to 30 thousand hryvnias.