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MPs registered an alternative media bill

16.01.2020, 16:30
Photo credit: Ukrinform
Photo credit: Ukrinform

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

The bill is elaborated by MPs: Mykola Knyazhytsky, Volodymyr Vyatrovych, Sofiya Fedyna, Victoria Syumar, Volodymyr Aryev, Iryna Friz, Oleg Syniutka and Ivanna Klimpush-Tsintsadze.

The bill has now been submitted to the senior management.

As of the January 16 news release, there was no text and supporting documents on the website of the parliament.

It should be reminded that on December 27, 2019, a group of MPs registered the draft law No. 2693 “On media”. Its authors were members of the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko, Mykyta Poturaev, Yevgeniya Kravchuk, Irina Konstankevych, Oleksandr Kabanov, Andrii Boblyakh, Yelyzaveta Bogutska, Tetiana Tyabukha, Pavlo Sushko, Dmytro Nalyotov and member of the Committee on freedom of speech Tetyana Tsyba.

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

On November 13, 2019, at the meeting of the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy of the Verkhovna Rada, the MPs submitted the concept of the law on media elaborated by MPs, members of the Committee. They also set up a closed working group of lawyers from major media groups, representatives of the National Council, and at the request of the Council of Europe office several media lawyers, and later some other MPs - members of the committee were involved in that work.

On December 11, the Media Detector released a draft of the bill , which was handed over for discussion to members of the Humanitarian and Information Policy Committee that day.

The NGO "Institute of Mass Information" made an expert evaluation of this text and suggested to submit the text for public discussion and to hold wide consultations with the media expert community.

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