Committee on freedom of speech recommends Council adopt a draft law on quotas for Ukrainian-TV as a whole

11:28 06.04.2017

The parliamentary Committee on freedom of speech and information policy of Ukraine recommends that MPs pass the draft law on the introduction of 75% Ukrainian on national TV in a second reading. Committee members examined 159 amendments to the draft law, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

In particular, members of parliament pass the amendment to the draft law on Protection of the Crimean Tatar language by replacing the term "regional language" to "language of the indigenous people."

The Committee rejected the amendment to reduce the quota to 55% and 35%. The representatives of the Opposition bloc political party introduced the amendment.
"We need to vote this law in the session hall. Our fundamental and strategic task is to make all channels in Ukraine to create media products in Ukrainian language since today. It is a very important thing. As the draft law has a transitional nature, this will regard both the area of culture and the information sector. Therefore, the transitional stage can envisage a number of technological steps that will allow our production studios making Ukrainian media products to get preferences,"- Сhairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy Viktoria Siumar said.

Siumar noted that, recently, the Ukrainian Parliament made decisions to excise the broadcasting of a huge number of Russian-speaking media, TV series of low quality, in major. Ukrainian TV channels needs the transitional stage to create a new qualitative Ukrainian product and  to adapt and duplicate foreign language media products.



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