On Saturday, May 25, this is the last day when the mass media which is going to place an election campaigning material should publish in the print press editions the price per unit of printed space or air time for such placement.
Ali Safarov, lawyer of the Institute of mass media, told it answering to numerous inquiries from journalists and the media calling to the IMI emergency phone line. The lawyer reminded that during the extraordinary elections, the special deadlines of publication of prices are applied.
“Unlike the general procedure provided for in Articles sixth and eight of Article 71 of the Law of Ukraine” On elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine “, the procedure and procedure for the determination and making public during the early elections are regulated by parts fifteenth to seventeenth of the Article 107 of the mentioned Law .
These standards stipulate that the prices per unit of printed space and the airtime unit for election campaigning materials at the expense of election funds shall be established by the appropriate mass media not later than the next day after the publication of the presidential decree on the pre-term termination of the powers of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “, – noted lawyer.
We remind that the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 303/2019 “On early termination of powers of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the appointment of early elections” in the official publication Uryadovy Kurier (Government courier) was published on May 23rd, 2019.
Ali Safarov noted that the prices are usually fixed by the internal ruling of the editorial board or the broadcasting organization.
“The ruling itself is not to be registered. However, in compliance with the above-mentioned norms of the Law of Ukraine “On Elections of People’s Deputies of Ukraine “, the mass media are obliged not later than next day after the publication of the decree of the President of Ukraine on early termination of the powers of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to publish in the print media the prices of one minute (second) of airtime or unit of printed space, ” the lawyer said.
We remind that IMI has a legal emergency phone line. Journalists and other media may ask an advice from lawyers on various aspects of journalism and media activities, in particular during the election period, calling to (050) 447-70-63 (during working hours on working days and around the clock on election day ) and writing to e-mail email@example.com .