Council for Freedom of Speech and Protection of Journalists to appear in Ukraine

President Zelensky signed the respective decree; Vadym Miskyi will chair the Council
12:30, 6 November 2019

Ukraine's leader Volodymyr Zelensky released the decree that creates the Council for Freedom of Speech and Protection of Journalists. The authority is supposed to operate as the conciliatory body of the head of the state. 

The document may be found on the website of the President's Office. Zelensky's explanation in its text says that the Council is set in order to "provide the commitment to the constitutional right for freedom of speech, set the effective interaction between the state authorities, media and civil society institutions, specifically that aimed at prevention of hindering the professional activity of reporters...". 

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The President ordered to define the staff of the Council. It will be chaired by Vadym Miskyi, the civilian activist and the chief expert in the group for media reform from the Reanimation Package of Reforms initiative.

The members of the newly created Council will be famous lawyers, reporters, editors, producers and civil activists - Natalya Vlashchenko, Diana Dutsyk, Serhiy Tomilenko and others. 

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