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Committee on humanitarian and information policy suggested MPs to consider media bills in February

21.01.2021, 10:49
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The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy suggested the MPs to  consider both media bills № 2693-d and № 2693-2 in February.

On January 18, the committee voted for such a proposal to the draft agenda of the fifth session of parliament, which begins on February 1, according to”Detektor Media”.

Thus, members of the committee proposed to consider 17 bills treating media and advertisement issues. Also in February, the bills which are proposed to be viewed by the parliament are: № 4413 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Public Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine” aiming to solve conflicts over the appointment and dismissal of members of the Supervisory Board of the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine by parliamentary factions and groups; № 4212 on amendments to Article 22 of the Law of Ukraine “On Advertising” regarding advertising of electronic cigarettes and liquids used in electronic cigarettes.

In March, the members of the committee proposed to take decision on the draft laws: № 2072 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting” to improve the mechanisms for ensuring transparency of ownership and financing of audiovisual (electronic) media; № 4188 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting” on counteracting information warfare; № 4107 on amendments to some laws of Ukraine to ensure the independence of the National Council of Ukraine of Television and Radio Broadcasting.

In April, the committee proposes to consider draft laws: № 2576 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Public Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine” (to increase the efficiency of the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine); № 4348 on amendments to some laws of Ukraine on the placement of outdoor advertising; № 2340 about the Ukrainian sign language.

And in May - № 3079 on amendments to part eight of Article 72 of the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting” to ensure freedom of speech and expression; № 3427 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Advertising” to combat gender-based discrimination.

In the last months of the fifth session (June-July), the parliament is proposed to consider the following bills: № 2381 on amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine in the field of access to information to improve their individual provisions; № 3660 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Access to Public Information” regarding the provision of answers to inquiries; № 3749 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting” regarding the exercise by the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting of supervisory powers during the period of restrictive measures related to coronavirus spreading (COVID-19); № 4230 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Public Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine” to stimulate the efficiency of the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine and optimize its state funding.

The committee itself has already considered some of these bills and submitted its conclusions to the Verkhovna Rada, and some other conclusions will be submitted to the session hall as soon as they are ready.

As IMI reported, the draft law “ On Media”  (№2693), which was registered in the Verkhovna Rada on December 27, 2019, proposed to introduce joint regulation in the field of media as a combination of functions and means of state regulation and sectoral self-regulation.

On May 19, 2020, the Verkhovna Rada sent Bill 932693 "On Media" to the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy for revision.

On February 5, 2020, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech by a majority vote of the Servant of the People faction supported Bill # 2693 “On Media” and recommended that the Parliament adopt it in the first reading. At the same time, the committee did not support the alternative draft law № 2693-1 “On Media”, the authors of which were MPs from the “European Solidarity” faction.

On January 17, 2020, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy recommended that the Parliament adopt Bill #2693 “On Media” as a basis.

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