Complaint Adjudication - 271/2020

271/2020 Roman Solomatenko and BellingCat


Publication: BellingCat
Date of complaint: 09 January 2020
Date complaint accepted:  19 January 2020
Date of adjudication:  24 March 2020
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint not accepted, regulatory scheme part 4.7.

Summary of Complaint 

1.1. The Complainant is Roman Solomatenko, a third-party seeking to ensure the accuracy of published information. He confirmed to IMPRESS that he is not an affected party or the representative of an affected party.


1.2. The Respondent is BellingCat, an investigative journalism platform covering international affairs, that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 15 May 2017.


1.3. The complaint concerned an article that first appeared in BellingCat on 2 January 2020 with the headline, “Dispatches From Asgardsrei: Ukraine’s Annual Neo-Nazi Music Festival”.

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