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Media bill to be finalized - Razumkov

23.01.2020, 18:19
Photo credit: RBC Ukraine
Photo credit: RBC Ukraine

Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov said that the bill on mass media (# 2693) has caused a lot of discussion and was to be finalized. He said it at a press briefing in Odessa on January 23, as UNIAN reported.

“As of today, there are really much of heated debate. I think this bill will be finalized, in particular taking into account the opinion of the journalistic community. There are some right points as well and things that need more of consultation,” Dmytro Razumkov said answering the question about when one could expect they vote in favor of the media bill that has caused a lot of negative feedback.

As IMI reported, the Ministry of culture, Youth and Sports invited to take part in public discussion which are to start at 9:30 am on January 29th. 

On January 17, the Ministry of Culture presented the bill to counter misinformation, which provides for establishment of criminal and administrative responsibility for the dissemination of misinformation. The bill also provides for the creation of a position of News Commissioner.

The draft law on combating misinformation, developed by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, provides for forming of a journalist self-government body that will issue the press cards.

On January 15, a group of MPs from the European Solidarity have registered an alternative media bill No. 2693-1.

On December 27, 2019, Bill No.6693 “On Media” was registered. Its authors were members of the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko, Oleksandr Tkachenko, Mykyta Poturayev, Yevgeniya Kravchuk, Iryna Konstankevych, Oleksandr Kabanov, Andrii Boblyakh, Yelyzaveta Bogutska, Tetiana Tyabukha, Pavlo Sushko, Dmitro Nalyotov, and member of the Committee of Freedom of Speech Tetyana Tsyba.

The new legislation should become a comprehensive document that will replace several media laws: on television and radio broadcasting, on the print media in Ukraine, on news agencies, on the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting, on state support for media mass media and social protection of journalists, on the procedure for coverage of activities of state and local self-government bodies in Ukraine by the mass media.

The Center for Democracy and Rule of Law called on the parliamentary profile committee and parliament to hold efficacious discussion and to consider amendments to the media bill and to pass a quality law in the first half of 2020. The Ukrainian Internet Association (UIA) has suggested to the parliamentary committees to report out the draft law No. 2693 to its draftsmen for revision. UIA drew attention to a number of novelties of the bill, which, in the opinion of UIA experts, posed "significant threats not only to the mass media, but also at the domain of electronic communications of Ukraine".

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