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MPs sent media bill for revision

19.05.2020, 17:00
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On May 19, the Verkhovna Rada sent Bill №2693 "On Media" to the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy for revision, as Ukrinform reported.

The proposal to send the bill to the Committee to be revised for the second reading was supported by 278 MPs.

As IMI reported, on April 30, the C

As IMI reported, on February 5, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech by the majority of votes of the representatives of the "Servant of the People" faction supported the bill No. 2693 "On Media" and recommended that the Parliament approve it in the first reading. However, the committee did not endorse the alternative bill # 2693-1 "On Media", sponsored by the European Solidarity faction.

As IMI reported, on January 17, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy recommended that the Parliament adopt the bill No. 2693 “On Media” as a basis.

The new legislative act should become a comprehensive document that will replace several media laws: on television and radio broadcasting, printed press in Ukraine, news agencies, National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting, 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 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".

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

IMI lawyer Ali Safarov proposed to review the draft law and tofinalize the text, since he believed that the bill could cause a legal chaos.

On 27 December, IMI made an expert evaluation of the media bill and  recommend to the drafters to bring the text to the public domain and to hold wide consultations with the media experts.

on December 27, 2019 a group of MPs registered a bill # 2693 on mass media. The bill was drafted by members of the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy 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.

 

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