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Committee recommends parliament to support law on media

Source : 112 Ukraine

In its turn, the Chief Scientific and Expert Department of the Apparatus of the parliament recommended to file the draft law on the results of the consideration in the first reading to the elaboration.
16:30, 31 January 2020

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The Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy recommends the Verkhovna Rada to support the bill #2693 on media as the basis.

In its turn, the Chief Scientific and Expert Department of the Apparatus of the parliament recommended to file the draft law on the results of the consideration in the first reading to the elaboration.

The conclusion says that one of the disadvantages of the bill is the absence of the legal regulation of the activity of the journalists.

According to the conclusion, the points on the licensing and registration of the activity in the media sphere should be elaborated (for example, the cases of the announcement of the competition for provision of the license for broadcasting). The same note concerns the registration of foreign line media.

“The regulation of the permission for the temporary broadcasting on a non-competitive basis and free grounds issues for a year is questionable. The bill does not provide how many times such permission might be issued,” the department noted.

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According to the department, the bill needs significant concept editing on the responsibility for the violation of the legislation in the media sphere.

Besides, the bill contains deficiencies of technical and legal nature.

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.

As we reported, the media bill provides the creation of the so-called mass media code

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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.

The bill provoked a lot of discontent among media workers, public organizations and MPs. The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine criticized the law and urged the government to stop its discussion.

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