Journalist files an action against her editor-in-chief and wins

When a new editor-in-chief of official newspaper of Ulianovsk “Ulianovsk Segodnya” took up his duties, hard times for its journalists began. New editor-in-chief of the newspaper Artem Yeiskov stated that many of its contributors are not professionals and do not fit themselves into the new conception of the newspaper. The journalists were outraged: they doubt of professionalism of their editor-in-chief, who is under 30 years old. The conflict began from his first days in office. By the way, the new editor-in-chief was appointed for this post by the city authorities. Journalists organised a press conference, Artem Yieskov took part in it. During the conference he announced again that he was going to dismiss several journalists. His first “victim”, Inna Davidova, filed an action to defend her honour, dignity and business reputation. According to her, Yeiskov even has not read her articles, and therefore, could not make any conclusions about her skills. The editor-in-chief has not come to the court. The court brought in a verdict in favour of the journalists, and made the editor-in-chief pay a compensation to the journalist for moral damage. Many contributors and other employees of the newspaper has sent in their resignations. Readers do not recognise the newspaper now: its getting worse. The paradox is that the staff of “Ulianovsk Segodnya” supported the current governor of the region Vladimir Shamakhov at the elections. And now many employees of the newspaper have to look for another job.