National Union of Journalists sharply criticizes Zelensky’s intention to criminalize spreading false information

According to the head of the NUJU, the ineffectiveness of the fight against “fake” is the task for officials and special services, but not the issue of the criminal liability of journalists
21:43, 9 November 2019
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The head of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine Serhiy Tomylenko criticized the authorities' intention to criminalize the spreading of false information. He wrote this on Facebook.

The head of the NUJU responded to the proposal of the Minister of Culture Volodymyr Borodyansky to criminalize journalists for false information. Tomylenko stated that these intimidations by criminal cases or tax audits are not what journalists and media expect from the authorities.

“Protection of the rights of journalists (a real fight against lawlessness) and protection of jobs (economic incentives for the development of Ukrainian media). These are the obvious priorities of the new government, and not criminal liability for the media,” Tomylenko said.
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The head of the National Union of Journalists also noted that the current legislation gives numerous law enforcement agencies, special services and regulators enough authority to combat false information and large-scale manipulations.

"But the inefficiency of such a struggle is obvious because this is an issue of competence of our officials and intelligence agencies, but not an issue of the criminal responsibility of journalists and media," he added.

It was previously reported that the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports advocated increasing the responsibility of journalists for the publication of false, manipulative information.

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