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Anti-swearing law: Ukrainian MP offers to fine public figures, TV companies for obscenities

The government is offered to create the list of the profanity
19:02, 3 July 2019

Olga Bogomolets, former counselor on humanitarian issues to the President of Ukraine, Ukrainian MP and the chairman of the Committee of Verkhovna Rada on Health Issues
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MP from Petro Poroshenko Bloc Olga Bogomolets offers the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to establish fines for obscenities at public speeches, materials on the internet and TV. It is provided by the draft law #10414 “On counteraction profanity” or anti-swearing law.

The term obscenities (profanity) are defined as “profanity, the list of words and phrases, which is confirmed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine”.

The world will be considered obscene even if any letter is changed.

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The draft law provides the fine in the sum of $26-49 for profanity or offensive solicitation to the citizens on TV, other mass media or internet materials or public speeches. The alternative punishment is 40-60 hours of public works or community services for 1-2 months with payment of 20% of the wage or administrative arrest up to 15 days.

If a public person violates the law, the punishment will be tougher. The fine will be $49-65 or 40-60 hours of public works, community services for 1-2 months with payment of 20% of the wage or administrative arrest up to 15 days.

It is supposed to ban the use of profanity on TV, in the case of the violations, the fine will make 10% from the license fee. The gathered funds will be allocated for development of Ukrainian Culture Foundation.

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Besides, the parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy will consider the draft law “On counteraction profanity” on July 10 as Viktoria Syumar, Committee’s Head reported on Facebook.

“We decided to dedicate the last session to the legislative initiative of Mrs. Bogomolets. The list of the profanity should approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. I think its an ideal topic for consideration of the next parliament and government,” Syumar wrote.

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According to her, the committee also signed and registered the draft law on moratorium of check of the mass media during the elections.

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