Ukraine has to foster free and independent media and strengthen media pluralism, - European Parliament resolution

Source : 112 Ukraine

European Parliament urges the development of democratic, independent, pluralistic and balanced media landscape in Ukraine
18:58, 11 February 2021

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The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine. A separate section of the text of the resolution is devoted to the issues of "media environment" in Ukraine.

In paragraph 72, the European Parliament urges the development of democratic, independent, pluralistic and balanced medi landscape in Ukraine, which would bring to an end the politically motivated persecution of media channels, including revoking of licenses, and ensure the protection of local journalists, opinion makers and dissident voices from harassment and intimidation, allow non-discriminatory access to online and offline information and meaningful civic participation, and safeguard and guarantee human and civil rights; stresses that journalists, human rights defenders and defence lawyers should be able to work independently and without undue interference and intimidation; welcomes the work of Ukrainian human rights organisations and the Crimean prosecutor who, temporarily working from mainland Ukraine, records human rights violations and abuses; insists that all human rights violations must be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice;

Related: European Parliament calls for Ukraine’s de-oligarchisation

European Parliament criticized Ukraine in report on Association Agreement implementation for corruption that slows down reform, absence of the political will to provide the independence of the judicial institutions. The resolution was supported by 676 MEPs. German MEP Michael Gahler was a speaker. The voting took place within the plenary meeting of the EU Parliament.

Related: Ukraine praises European Parliament’s report, promises to consider all recommendations


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