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27.07.2004 | Oleksiy Svetikov, Severodonetsk

An article can cost 2100 hryvnas to the newspaper “Lubimy gorod”

   

Judge of the Severodonetsk town court O. Gorbatenko supported the statement of the claimant – Severodonetsk multi-field hospital – that citizen C. died before the motor ambulance station had received the first phone call concerning this case. So, the claimants insisted, the newspaper had published the untrue information and had to refute this information and to pay to the hospital 2000 hryvnas for compensation of moral damage and 100 hryvnas for compensation of court expenses.

The editorial board of the newspaper is going to appeal against this court decision.

The article, which became the reason for the claim, contained the information about the events of the past summer. The reality of these events was proved in court. Citizen C., a 45-year-old Severodonetsk dweller, who stayed in her garden, several kilometers away from the town, had a heart attack and lost her consciousness. C.’s neighbors phoned to the motor ambulance station, but… the doctors, referring to the instructions, refused to go outside the town. The medics advised to turn to the motor ambulance station of the settlement of Novoaydar situated in 50 kilometers from the gardens, which are owned mainly by Severodonetsk dwellers.

This shocking story, described by the newspaper, resulted neither in the organization of rendering the medical aid nor in punishment of the guilty, because it was the newspaper that was acknowledged to be guilty.

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