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Successful democracy requires strong opposition, - Nathan Gill MEP

Source : 112 Ukraine

He urged all journalists from all different stations and channels to unite and stand against the government as a united front
18:42, 27 January 2020

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A successful democracy requires strong opposition. This opinion was expressed by Nathan Gill - an MEP from the UK and a member of the European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights on the air of 112 Ukraine TV Channel.

"... it is to say that you are responsible for what I, as a guest, might be saying on your show. And that is ridiculous. How can it be that you might be held responsible by the government if I say something, which it does not like or does not want me to say – that is censorship. The whole ethos behind this new law is to make so that the government gets its own words or its points of view over to the people, but we must realize that in order to have a successful democracy - we must also have a strong opposition. It means that the opposition's job is to make sure that the government works at its best, but it also ensures that the government acts within the law and for the best of the people. So if you have a weak opposition, then you have a weak democracy," he said.

Related: European Federation of Journalists condemns Ukrainian bill on disinformation

"That is why I can say to Ukraine - think very carefully about this new law, think about all the possible consequences. Other journalists might be thinking to themselves, ‘Well, I do not care because I am not working for station or media that gets censored.’ Maybe not now, but one day they may be in a position where they say things that the government does not want them to say. And it can happen to all journalists at any time. Therefore, all journalists from all different stations and channels should unite and stand as a united front against the government and say: ‘No, this is censorship, it is anti-democratic. This is contrary to the values ​​that Ukraine is supposed to be standing for’,” Hill emphasized.

As we reported earlier, Ukraine's 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.

Related: OSCE Representative Harlem Desir criticized Ukrainian bill on disinformation

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