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

Source : 112 Ukraine

The MEP is sure that the politicians should not be provided with the authority to decide what opinion are right
18:03, 27 January 2020

PACE session
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The bill #2693 on media contradicts the values of democracy and principles of human rights 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 in any case, any interpretation of such an event may be truthful. I think that it is very dangerous for governments or ministers to have the authority to decide what is true and what is not. Because a lot of interpretations exist. Because one of the achievements of the western countries is the fact of how we fight, even if we do not like the opinions of other sides, we should respect them. We have, for example, the party, British National Party, in the United Kingdom, which investigation the racism issue. They existed for a lot of years and the only thing, which made them unpopular, is, in fact, the legislation, which allowed them to express their thoughts. Other figures had opposite views and in such a way they suppressed, in fact, the far-right views, because the discussion took place. But we cannot provide the authorities to the politicians to decide it,” he said.

Related: License, sanctions, restrictions: Main points of new mass media code

“If you remember, the particular measures were imposed in the EU as it contradicts the values of democracy and principles of human rights. It is important, it is vitally important for any democratic processes. I think that the EU would interfere in such case,” 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.

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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