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On the heels of a libel settlement and apology from the BBC, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko is now suing Ukrainian TV station 1 + 1 for libel.

Last month the BBC paid Poroshenko after claiming he approved a payment to Michael Cohen for a meeting with Pres. Donald Trump.

Poroshenko claims the station libeled him in reports alleging he bought votes, “made substantial profits from Russian business interests, and may have been involved in the death of his own brother” twenty years ago, according to the Kyiv Post. Poroshenko said in a statement “a red line has been crossed” and suggested 1 + 1 was acting in retaliation because he nationalized a bank that the channel’s owner had shares in.

iMediaEthics has written to Poroshenko’s lawyer to ask about this lawsuit, and to see if Poroshenko is suing any other news outlets.

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