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Journalist from Nizhyn targeted with cyberbullying

27.07.2021, 19:04
Photo credit: Shutterstock/poynter.org
Photo credit: Shutterstock/poynter.org

Journalist from news agency Rubrika in Nizhyn claimed she was targeted by cyberbullying after publication of a series of stories on confrontation of local ATO veterans with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate. Yana Khmelyk reported this to the IMI representative in the Chernihiv region.

Yana Khmelyuk revealed that after her story "If this cancerous tumor is not excised, it will break out in a new war" came out on the site "Novynarnya" a wave of insulting posts and comments rained down in the Facebook group "Stop-Ragu Nizhyn | Stop Ragu Ukraine ”. The invectives concerned her mother and son. To prove it, the journalist published a number of screenshots from this group. 

Administrator of the group “Stop-Ragu Nizhyn | Stop Ragu Ukraine ”, which has about 24 thousand subscribers, is Yevhen Tkachenko. In a comment to IMI, he said that Yulia Khmelyuk had repeatedly slammed and accused him on social media without any grounds, although he was not personally acquainted with her. 

"She got some political order to discredit me," Tkachenko said. 

According to the IMI representative, Yevhen Tkachenko positions himself as a local public activist, in 2020 he ran for the Nizhyn District Council on the list of the Batkivshchyna party, but failed. He is also a member of the National Union of Journalists in the Chernihiv region, this report was confirmed to IMI by the head of the regional organization Oleksander Nazarenko. 

It will be recalled that the current legislation does not define what cyberbullying is, but IMI defined certain features: “means dissemination of some information (especially in form of private messages to a person) presenting the victim in an offensive and degrading manner with the purpose to inflict the strongest emotional shock, the greatest prejudice. The words may also be offensive to the victim's parents, children, contain some pejorative adjectives as to the victim's look, and so on. Sometimes such images have a sexual, national, linguistic connotation. "

Photo - screenshot by Yana Khmennyk

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