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Ministry of culture to continue public discussions on misinformation bill - Borodyansky

03.02.2020, 15:41
Photo credit: suspilne.media
Photo credit: suspilne.media

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports is going to continue the public debate on the bill aiming to counteract misinformation, as the head of the ministry Volodymyr Borodyansky said in his Telegram message, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports is going to continue finalizing the draft law aiming to counteract misinformation. Currently, this is only the first phase of public discussion, and we have come to the conclusion that this phase should be continued, ” the minister said.

He stressed that at present, this was only a draft of the future law which was widely discussed by the professional community.

“The first strategic session has already been held to identify key issues that are debatable and need further professional discussion. Only after this stage the bill will be finalized and submitted to the government, ” the minister said.

"This will be a transparent process, and before the bill is submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, the substantiated proposals of the ministries, professionals, the public and our international partners will be taken into account," he added.

As IMI reported, on January 20, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Ukraine posted on its website a comparative table of the draft law "On Amendments to some Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Ensuring National Information Security and the Right to Access to Reliable Information" and invited to take part in discussion of this bill on January 28.

On January 27, the representatives of the media community and non-governmental organizations recommended that the Ministry of Culture to refrain from registering a misinformation bill in parliament.

On January 27, the Commission on Journalism Ethics (CJE) issued a statement calling on the government and the Ministry of Culture to remove the so-called misinformation bill and to start drafting legislative changes from scratch.

Reporters Without Borders considered the misinformation bill ("On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Ensuring National Information Security and the Right to Access Reliable Information") as such that "could prove detrimental to freedom of information" and “has the potential to seriously infringe upon freedom of opinion and expression and to undermine  press freedoms”.

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