Crimes against journalists should be investigated separately from others

The MP also expressed introducing liability for journalists for publishing false information
16:04, 6 November 2019

1+1 studio CEO Oleksandr Tkachenko
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In Ukraine, the offenses against journalists should be considered and investigated separately from the others; however, it is necessary to introduce liability for media representatives for publishing inaccurate information.

This was stated by MP of the political party Servant of the People, Chairman of the Rada's Committee on Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko during the parliamentary hearings Journalists Activities Security in Ukraine. The hearing was broadcasted by Rada TV channel

"The criminals against journalists should be considered separately as it is the fourth power. At least on the level of the General Prosecutor Ruslan Riaboshapka. We were discussing the special prosecutor subcommittee, which will be investigating the crimes against Ukrainian journalists. if we speak about the investigation on the level of Internal Minister Avakov then we talk about creation of special investigation units," Tkachenko noted. 

At the same time, the Chairman suggested introducing liability for publishing inaccurate information for reporters. 

"Though, there is the other side of the coin: this is the responsibility of the journalists and mass media. Unfortunately, such terms as false news, conscious misinformation, journalist standards violations and turning a blind eye to aggression have become common realities for our country. I do not even speak about the language of hatred. Of course, it is a sensitive issue which has easily turn to the question of freedom of speech but somebody should take responsibility for that. Especially when we are talking about turning a blind eye to aggression," he added. 

Related: 208 journalists affected in 2019 due to their professional activities, - Institute of Mass Information

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