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Court blocks dozen of Ukrainian web sources

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ex-chair of Spetsteknoexport company sued these media, claiming that they published "confidential information"; managers of the blocked sources state intention to appeal against this decision
11:44, 26 March 2021

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Pechersk district court of Kyiv arrested the rights of intellectual property of 12 outlets, including Apostrophe, Glavcom, Golos and other media. Previously, Pavlo Barbul, the former chairman of Spetsteknoexport company sued these media, claiming that they published "confidential information". 

According to Glavcom, "judge of Pechersk district court Tetyana Ilyeva passed the decision to arrest the rights of intellectual property of a number of outlets, including Glavcom, Apostrophe and other media", reads the message.

The actual decision was made in February; however, on March 10, senior investigator of Pechersk police department Vasyl Poplavsky said that Barbul's lawsuit against the media was groundless. The case was closed due to the absence of the event of the crime. Nonetheless, Lifecell network operator, and local web providers blocked the access to these twelve outlets. Ukrainian users have no access to these media via Internet now.

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Viktor Shlinchak, editor-in-chief of Glavcom news portal stated his staff's intention to appeal against this decision.

Denys Popovych, editor-in-chief of Apostrophe claimed that the court decision about the blocking of the websites on the request of an ex-official is "an outraging precedent, which has nothing to do with living up to the principles of freedom of speech". "At this rate, any medium in our country could be shut down just because some power broker did not like its stories", he said.

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