Ukraine's Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Volodymyr Borodyansky stands for tougher responsibility for reporters who release inaccurate and manipulative information. He said so at the parliamentary hearings on the topic of safety of journalist activity in Ukraine.
"A journalist's responsibility for spreading incorrect and/or manipulative information should be reinforced, too. And it's just one-third of our important changes that I spoke about earlier, I mean, the introduction of the very definition and criteria of manipulation with public opinion, manipulation with public mind and introduction of both administrative and criminal responsibility for such manipulation - for the order and conduct of such manipulation", he said.
According to him, the border between protection of freedom of speech and manipulations is very thin, so the government's utmost task is to build the balance between the protection of its information space and protection of freedom of speech".
At that, the Minister insisted that a reporter must be protected from any pressure - "like financial pressure, for example, or pressure from the boss, or that aimed at manipulation with public opinion, or that aimed at keeping silence about important facts. There may be many forms of pressure - a public one, for instance. This can happen due to the release of reporters' personal data, as these reporters work on the investigation... We believe that responsibility for the release of data of reporters must be increased considerably. Given the most important job that the journalists do for society, we'll develop the respective changes in the law framework", Borodyansky said.