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"Kolo" editor-in-chief files a lawsuit against Poltava City Council secretary Andriy Karpov

15.02.2023, 15:30
Photo: Tetyana Tsirulnik on Facebook
Photo: Tetyana Tsirulnik on Facebook

The editor-in-chief of the Poltava website "Kolo", Tetiana Tsirulnik, has filed a lawsuit against Poltava City Council secretary Andriy Karpov. The journalist announced this on Facebook.

"I have filed a lawsuit against Andriy Karpov, secretary of the Poltava City Council, deputy from the ES party, blogger. The lawsuit is for defense of honor, dignity, and business reputation. For his post on social media, which thousands of citizens have read, commented and shared. I faced hate, it was painful," Tsirulnik wrote.

She added that she had wanted to resolve the conflict peacefully, so she had written to the ES party with a request to influence their fellow member; to the Ethics Commission at the Poltava City Council; and to Andriy Karpov himself.

"It didn't work. Therefore, I am forced to go to court. I estimate the moral damage caused to me at 100 thousand hryvnias. The first hearing in the case will take place in a month and a half," Tetyana Tsirulnik said.

As IMI reported, editor-in-chief of the Poltava online publication "Kolo", Tetyana Tsirulnik, faced cyberbullying following her news story about the Poltava City Council secretary, Andriy Karpov. An October 26 news report titled "The price for 8 years of Vata Show: Poltava City Council secretary Andriy Karpov is raising money for an operation," had a reference to the official's Telegram channel, where he wrote about his treatment and the fundraising campaign.

Karpov posted this article on his social media, having taken screenshots from the "Kolo" website. The official accused the journalist of distorting the truth, claiming that she had written a news article with the headline "Karpov is raising money for penis enlargement/reduction surgery." After that, Karpov's supporters started humiliating and insulting the journalist in the comments under his Facebook post.

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