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There are significant risks of increased censorship in media law, - Internet Association of Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Internet Association of Ukraine sees prerequisites for corruption in Ukraine's new bill
21:40, 13 January 2020

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The Internet Association of Ukraine (InAU) sees in draft law "On Media Activities" No. 2693 significant risks of increased censorship and the preconditions for corruption. InAU states this on its official website.

InAU sent a letter to the leaders of several parliamentary committees. The letter contains a detailed analysis of the project "On Media Activities."

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As noted, this bill, among other things, offers a number of innovations in the field of electronic communications regulation, in particular:

  • the actual recognition of the operators, telecommunication providers that provide Internet access services, the media and media entities, and then, their activities will be subject to regulation by this law;
  • operators, telecommunications providers that provide Internet access services, are invited to assign obligations to restrict access to the site, which technically cannot be met, because the correct restriction of access to the site can be at the level of the site owner or hosting (data center);
  • it is proposed to extend the powers of the National Council on TV and radio broadcasting to the field of electronic communications, contrary to the Association Agreement and other EU directives in the field of electronic communications, which assume that the regulation is carried out by a separate independent national regulator in the field of electronic communications;
  • providers of audiovisual services have an obligation to keep records of users of media services and report on this information to the National Council through an electronic account;
  • the proposed list of restrictions on the content of information whose dissemination is prohibited is unclear and creates corruption preconditions for subjective interpretations by representatives of the National Council when sanctions and fines are applied to business entities;
  • It is proposed to carry out separate paid registration in the National Council of all services using the services of an electronic communication services provider provided via the Internet, which in fact means complete accounting and censorship of the activities of entities in the field of telecommunications.

"These and a whole host of other contradictory and non-conforming laws and international obligations of Ukraine of the innovations of draft law No. 2693 pose significant threats not only to the media sector but also to the field of electronic communications in Ukraine," - the statement said.

As we reported, January 9, the National Council on TV and Radio Broadcasting appointed unscheduled on-site inspection of 112 Ukraine TV channel, explaining it by the supposed signs of the violations of the norms of the Law of Ukraine “On TV and Radio Broadcasting” and law “On information” spotted on the air.

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