Bill on media: Official threatens to block such services as Netflix without registration, taxes

Source : 112 Ukraine

The issue is about Article 61 of the bill ‘On media’ and the bill #2634 on 20% taxes for Google, Facebook, YouTube and other services
13:50, 30 January 2020

Radio Liberty

Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy Mykyta Poturayev threatened to block paid foreign services similar to Netflix if they do not follow the norms of the bill ‘On media’ on the registration and taxation as Detektor media reported.

“The state will be ready to block foreign media and media service with paid access (such as Netflix), if they refuse to fulfill the norms of the obligatory registration provided by the bill ‘On media’ and other demands on taxation provided by Ukrainian legislation. We are ready to appeal to the European courts. But defend our own industries,” Poturayev said.

The issue is about Article 61 of the bill ‘On media’, which supposes the obligatory registration for the ‘subjects holding the broadcasting without the use of the radio-frequency resources, subjects in the sphere of print media, providers of the audiovisual services as well as the subjects in the media sphere, including non-residents of Ukraine who provide the users in the territory of Ukraine with the access to its media services on the terms providing the payment for access or use of such services’.

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Besides, Mykyta Poturayev reminded about the bill #2634 registered in the Verkhovna Rada, according to which, e-services of the companies non-residents of Ukraine – Google, Facebook, YouTube and others, will face 20% tax.

On September 17, the Parliamentary Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy recommended the parliament to adopt as the basis the bill #2693 ‘On media’.

Ukraine’s parliament Speaker Dmytro Razumkov promised that the bill would be elaborated along with the journalists.

Related: There are significant risks of increased censorship in media law, - Internet Association of Ukraine

As we reported, the media bill provides the creation of the so-called mass media code

According to the bill, only those broadcasters, which use the radio-frequency resources for earth broadcasting – FM radio and T2, will be licensed.

The chief body, which will monitor the media market, will be the National Council on TV and Radio Broadcasting. This body will register the mass media or abolish the registration of the media, which activity violates the law.

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