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Freedom of speech not to suffer over media regulation, - Culture Minister

Ukraine’s Minister of Culture Volodymyr Borodyansky assured that the laws could not be used against journalists who investigate and engage in professional activities unless it is disinformation
13:26, 25 November 2019

Ukraine’s Minister of Culture Volodymyr Borodyansky
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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.

He stated this in an interview with Ukrainian Truth agency.

“Responsible freedom of speech must not get hurt ... We have already stated in our concept that one of the principles of our work is that this law cannot be used against journalists who investigate and engage in professional activities unless it is misinformation,” Borodyansky said.

Earlier, the Ministry of Culture told about the bill that will regulate the media sphere in Ukraine: in particular, how they will fight fake news, what should be the format of news and responsibility for disinformation.

In particular, it is proposed to introduce the position of Ombudsman for Information, who will search for fakes in the media and sue against the authors in court.

It is proposed to introduce administrative and criminal liability for spreading disinformation.

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Assessment or critical judgments, satire or inaccurate information that does not harm public interests will not be considered disinformation.

Administrative responsibility will apply to media that do not report their source.

The Ministry of Culture also wants the media to indicate a “credibility index” of news, which will be assigned by an independent organization.

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