Ukraine's Parliamentary Committee not to withdraw media bill, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

Tkachenko noted that it is necessary to hold ‘another two-three working meetings with a group, which wrote the law, to discuss each offer and note’
15:30, 20 February 2020

Oleksandr Tkachenko

Discussion of the bill on media continues; however, the document will not be withdrawn, as Glavkom reported citing Head of Parliamentary Commission on Humanitarian and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko.

“I do not see the resistance of the media sphere to this law. I see the ongoing discussion. We do not intend to withdraw it definitely,” Tkachenko said.

He noted that there are a few articles, eight or nine, which are questionable and the proper offers also present. Such offers might be grouped by blocks: format of the regulation of online media, language issue, issue of the authorities of the National Council o TV and Radio Broadcasting, ‘and two-three blocks, which are less debatable.’

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It is noted that the comments and offers are gathered and they will be included in the comparison table for the bill. However, it is necessary to hold ‘another two-three working meeting with a group, which wrote the law, to discuss each offer and note’.

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.

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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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