A court in Kyiv ruled in favor of a Ukrainian far-right nationalist group, C14, in its defamation suit against the internet TV station Hromadske. TV after the outlet published a tweet referring to C14 as a “neo-Nazi” group.
The judge accepted C14’s claim that the tweet caused reputational damage and ordered Hromadske to retract the statement and pay a fine.
The August 6 decision caused outrage among Ukraine’s human rights activists and journalists – and rightly so.
C14 members have openly expressed neo-Nazi views and attacked women’s rights activists, LGBTI activists, and Roma families. In the spring of 2018, members attacked a Roma camp in Kyiv, burned down tents, and chased out its residents, including women and children.
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