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Hromadske applied to ECHR over C14 case

15.07.2020, 20:10
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In June 2020, Hromadske filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights against the decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, which dismissed its complaint against C14, as Hromadske told “Detektor Media” on July 15.

"The application is based on a violation of Article 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (freedom of expression). The requirements are typical for applications to the ECHR and consist in recogntion by Ukraine its violation of the Convention," the media reported.

Hromadske had no information from the ECHR on receivability of the complaint.

"Since the proceedings in the ECHR are in writing, at present, we can only wait for a letter in response. The duration of such waiting is not regulated and can be significant both given the large number of applications submitted to the court and due to the peculiarities of the court during quarantine restrictions ", - the media explained.

As IMI reported, in July 2018, C14 sued Hromadske television "for the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation". The litigation was caused by twit on English-language Hromadske’s page. In the twit dated of May 4, 2018, when C14 forces brought by force Brazilian guerilla Rafael Lusvargi to the SBU, the organization was described as "neo-Nazi".

In August 6, 2019, the Economic Court of Kiev upheld defamation claim of C14 against Hromadske for the report in which the organization was described as "neo-Nazi". A number of international human rights organizations have criticized the decision. “Freedom House Ukraine”, Reporters sans frontièresm Kharkiv Human Rights Group qualified this decision as a dangerous precedent of interference with freedom of opinions and expression in Ukraine. “C14 can contest/deny Hromadske’s characterization "but it is the right of the media to publish their view, in good faith, based on the information they gathered" on C14 & its members, "many of whom declared that they joined the group because of its neo-Nazi orientation", Matthew Shaaf, director of Freedom House Ukraine” said in his Twitter. Freedom House Ukraine, Reporters Without Borders, and the Kharkiv Human Rights Group have criticized the decision of the Economic Court of Kyiv, which upheld the claim of the right-wing C14 organization against Hromadske.

On November 7, 2019, the Court of Appeal dismissed complaint of Hromadske against the C14 and upheld the decision of the Commercial Court of Kyiv.

On January 21st, the Supreme Court of Cassation dismissed complaint from Hromadske in the case against  right-wing C14. The court made such decision on January 21. Then Hromadske claimed about its intention to appeal against that decision before the European Court of Human Rights.

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