No one to close mass media in other language than Ukrainian
The Law "On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language" clearly stipulates that the mass media have to issue its Ukrainian edition within three years, but failing this it was no question of closure of mass media, as Tetyana Monakhova, the State Language Protection Commissioner, said at a press conference on December 10, as Ukrinform reported.
"The law states that the mass media - the printed press, web-based edition in Ukraine - has three years to launch its Ukrainian-language. That is, no one is going to close or prohibit any mass media to come out in other languages," Monakhova said.
The ombudsperson explained, that in the service sector it has to be like that: if some person asks to speak Ukrainian in some institutions, then it should be done. If the person starts speaking another language, then one should reply him in that other language.
As to the personal communication, everyone has the right to communicate in any language he wishes, Monakhov added.
As IMI reported, on July 16, 2019, the Law of Ukraine "On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language" came into force. In compliance with that law, in particular, the National Commission for the Standards of the State Language has been formed and the position of Commissioner for State Language Protection has been established.
On April 25, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law "On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language".
On May 15, President Petro Poroshenko signed the Law "On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language".
On May 16, the text of the Law of Ukraine No. 5670-d "On the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as the state language" was published in the official edition of the Verkhovna Rada "Holos Ukrainy".
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