No imprisonment for disinformation, constructive social work instead, - Ukraine's Minister of Culture

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According to Minister Borodyansky, in order to deliver a judgment on punishment for misinformation, the court shall be required to apply and get the court's finding from the ECHR
10:37, 24 January 2020

Ukraine's Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Volodymyr Borodyansky
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Ukraine's Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Volodymyr Borodyansky promised that journalists won't be imprisoned for misinformation, however, they shall be committed to constructive social work. Volodymyr Borodyansky said that on the air of the "Political Club with Vitaly Portnikov" TV-show on Espresso.TV.

"Criminal liability for misinformation does not provide for imprisonment, but only for constructive social work," the minister assured.

He revealed the details of finding of guilty for misinformation procedure. Repeated misinformation by the disseminator shall be punishable after the commissioner proves the fact in court three times. At that, these three violations should be recorded within a year.

It will be required to apply and get a conclusion from the European Court of Human Rights, Borodyansky noted.

“We have provided precautions so that a conscientious person could not be imprisoned. If there is no conclusion, no sentence should be ruled,” the head of the Ministry of Culture concluded.

As it was reported earlier, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture has published a bill that aims to "provide national information security and the right to access reliable information". Minister Volodymyr Borodyanskyi plans to hold public discussions in February and submit a document to parliament in March.  

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Earlier, a press conference was held on January 17, where Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Borodyanskyi and his deputy Anatoliy Maksymchuk presented the main provisions of the bill set to combat disinformation.

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) responded critically to the elaboration of the bill on disinformation in Ukraine.

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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: European Federation of Journalists condemns Ukrainian bill on disinformation

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