In January, media bill and misinformation became most frequently asked questions for IMI hotline
24 legal consultations were provided by IMI lawyers to the journalists and mass media through IMI emergency phone line in January. Most frequently, the journalists contacted IMI to get some clarifications as to media bill and misinformation.
In particular, 10 legal consultations were to explain how journalists, mass media and media professionals would function in case, these bills will be adopted.
“The consultations were about not some general principles laid down in the draft laws, but about very specific mechanisms for their implementation. For example, about registration of foreign mass media, work of foreign journalists in Ukraine, registration of printed press outlets, etc. ”, - IMI lawyer Ali Safarov said.
Journalists also inquired about usage of Ukrainian language in traditional mass media and online media network, since the provisions of the Law of Ukraine “On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as State Language” came into force on January 16th.
Beyond this, the journalists interrogated the lawyers about video shooting in the court, at rallies, in the street; about complaints to be filed to the police about obstruction of journalistic activity; about certain moments of access to public information and so on.
In total, according to the results of 2019, IMI media lawyers provided 244 legal consultations via the hotline, which is three times more than the previous year (92 consultations).
One should remind, the IMI legal hotline continues to function. Consultations are provided by media lawyers Roman Golovenko and Ali Safarov at 050-44-77-063. You can also send an email to IMI firstname.lastname@example.org.