The journalist MIA "Russia today" has filed a lawsuit to the Polish TV channel TVP1
The court in Poland will consider the claim of the journalist MIA "Russia today" Leonid Sviridov for Polish television TVP1 on protection of honor and dignity.
The claim, which is available to RIA Novosti, the court has already given a number, but have yet to set a date for consideration.
As told RIA Novosti the plaintiff, it requires channel refutation of defamatory information that he was allegedly expelled from Poland in connection with allegations of espionage.
In the story "the Confederacy thanks abroad", aired channel TVP1 may 24, 2019 as part of the main edition of the program "news" at 19:30 local time, stating that "one of the journalists Sputnik is Leonid Sviridov, which Poland sent in 2015, accusing him of espionage".
In the statement of claim, which is at the disposal of RIA Novosti, said that the approval of the channel is "not true", as Sviridov "never filed charges in the espionage, and any other charges relating to his work and activities in Poland and the plaintiff has never been convicted".
Sviridov told RIA Novosti that made the decision to go to court once sent to the TV channel demand to publish a refutation of false information, but was refused.
He asks the court to oblige editor-in-chief "news" program TVP1 channel to publish the refutation: "it is Not true that Russian journalist Leonid Sviridov was expelled from Poland in connection with the charges of espionage". The plaintiff demands that this text was read out by the speaker in the main edition of the program "news" at 19.30.
In addition, he asks the court to order the channel to place the same refutation text in print on the Internet site TVP1 and block the video, called "the Confederacy thanks abroad", which is available to date.
As compensation for moral damage he needs to recover from the editor of the "news" program TVP1 25 thousand zlotys (about 3.6 thousand dollars) in your favor and 25 thousand zlotys to be transferred to public spending - in favor of the Fund "Open dialogue."
In addition, the plaintiff demands to recover from the editor-in-chief of the Center for interactive media edition interactive media Polish television 5 thousand zlotys (about $ 1,250) in their favor and the same in favor of the Fund "Open dialogue".
The trial will set a precedent, as to date, no Russian journalist would not attempt to demand from the Polish media refutation of false information in court.
The Polish foreign Ministry on October 24 2014 without explanation was cancelled journalistic accreditation Sviridov, who was working in Warsaw since 2003. After that, the Polish government began administrative forfeiture Sviridov's residence permit of a long - term resident status EU. After its cancellation, to enforce the decision of an administrative authority, a journalist in the 30-day period left the country. He was forced to fly from Warsaw to Moscow on 12 December 2015 without a court order.
All the materials of the case of the Russian journalist kept secret, despite numerous requests by the defense to explain the reasons for the decision. Chief Administrative court of Poland refused to declassify documents in the case. In the folder window appears the only official document: a letter from the Director of the internal security Agency of Poland (ABW), which stated that "the continued presence of the specified citizen on the territory of Poland is valid and a serious threat to the security of the state", but says nothing about the reasons.
History Sviridov, fell several times in the monitoring report of the OSCE representative on freedom of the press on the violation of journalists ' rights in the organization. The OSCE has recorded in recent time the only case of violation of rights of journalist in Poland, and it is a violation not of the Polish citizen and Russian citizen. In September 2015, the Russian correspondent personally talked in Warsaw with OSCE representative on freedom of the press on this subject. In September of 2017 the members of the Russian delegation at the annual OSCE conference on human dimension in Warsaw reiterated the illegality of the expulsion of the journalist from Poland.
Earlier the Russian foreign Ministry has repeatedly said that the situation around Sviridov can be interpreted as an attempt to restrict free speech and violate the legal rights of journalists to carry out professional activities.