Shevchenkivskiy district court of Kyiv satisfied the claims of MPs Vasyl Onopenko and Mykhaylo Pavlovskiy against the TV channel “1+1” and Vyacheslav Pikhovshek
In November 2002, on the eve of the election of the head of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, Vyacheslav Pikhovshek, the presenter of the feature “Epitsentr” at the channel “1+1”, referring to his “own source”, spread the information about the bribes equal to 500 thousand, which were allegedly proposed for the support of candidate Vasyl Onopenko. Besides, Pikhovshek communicated that MP Mykhaylo Pavlovskiy, a member of the fraction “Yulia Timoshenkos bloc” was also involved in this affair. In fact, the publication of this information resulted in the election of Vasyl Maliarenko to the post of the head of the Supreme Court.
According to the court decision, the information published by Vyacheslav Pikhovshek was acknowledged as false and discrediting the honor, dignity and business reputation of Vasyl Onopenko and Mykhaylo Pavlovskiy. The court resolved to collect from the defendants the money compensation of the moral damage to each of the claimants and to oblige the defendants to apologize to Vasyl Onopenko and Mykhaylo Pavlovskiy for the false information in the nearest issue of “Epitsentr”.
29 July 2003, Institute of mass information, «Barometr svobody slova», July 2003