It is important for all journalists to unite and state media law will be bad for country, - MEP Wells

Source : 112 Ukraine

The media bill provides the creation of the so-called mass media code
20:42, 27 January 2020

European Center for Law and Justice

It is important for all journalists to unite and state that the bill#2693 on media will be bad for the country in general as 112 Ukraine reported citing James Wells, the MEP from Great Britain, Member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament.

“I believe that the first thing that needs to take place is that all journalists should stand as the united front. I think that it is similar to the tactics used by the government to, let’s say, show that particular speakers are good, while some broadcasters are undesirable. I believe that it is the essence of censorship. What happens when the government will be changed, when another government with another policy, another belief system concerning the way of governance will come? If they possess the same authorities, in other words, the journalists who are good and desirable will become, conditionally, undesirable. I think that it is very important for all journalists to unite and state that it will be bad for the country in general,” he said.

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“Concerning the international, so to say, picture, it looks bad from the international prospect. And I guarantee that if the bill is adopted, Ukraine will occupy not 81st place in the democracy index but it will be lower. And your negotiations on the entrance to the EU will be stopped because it is impossible that EU continues talks on the entrance of Ukraine to the EU when such a law is adopted because it contradicts all European values and Ukraine, I believe, will not be able to join the EU with such a law,” Wells underlined.

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.

Related: MEP Wells on media law: It contradicts values of democracy and principles of human rights

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.

Earlier, the Ministry of Culture told about the bill that will regulate the media sphere in Ukraine: in particular, how they will fight fake news, what should be the format of news and responsibility for disinformation.

Later, Ukrainian Minister of Culture Volodymyr Borodyansky, commenting on the ministry's initiative to regulate the media sphere in Ukraine, assured that freedom of speech in Ukraine would not suffer.

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