Ukraine's Defense Council Secretary says information support of terrorism is a crime

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Oleksandr Turchynov, the norm concerning the right of the Verkhovna Rada to call on sanctions against media might become a “fuse” against abuse
13:59, 15 November 2018

Media can cover the violations of the militants, but it is a crime to informationally support the aggressor state, as Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said on November 15. 112 Ukraine broadcasted the commentary.

Answering the question about possible imposition of sanctions against 112 Ukraine, the Secretary said: “I am not ready to comment on this. The package is being prepared. I will inform when it is ready.”

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Being asked whether media might be called terrorists, if they cover the actions of the terrorist organizations, Turchynov said: “When media support the terrorists, according to the Ukrainian legislation this is included in the support of terrorism as an element of the terrorist activities. Therefore, it is one thing to cover the information, and it is a completely different thing to informationally support the aggressor state and the terrorist organizations. According to the Ukrainian legislation, it is a serious offense.”

Besides, Oleksandr Turchynov expressed support of the bill No. 9275 “On protection of information space” recently registered in the Ukrainian Parliament.

Related: Bill on media censorship proposed to Parliament

“I think that to avoid abuse, many are afraid that the executive authority might impose pressure against the freedom of speech. That is why, I think that such fuse, that the issue which concerns media, their inclusion in the sanctions list or those structures they maintain, should be solely within the competence of the Verkhovna Rada,” the Secretary noted.

He added that he regards the introduction of such “fuse” logical – “to prevent abuse at the level of the executive power, security institutions so that one can distinguish the informational security and freedom of speech.”

Related: 112 Ukraine regards bill No.9275 another attempt to introduce political censorship

Earlier it was reported that the bill No.9275 proposes to extend the concept of “funding and other ways of facilitation of terrorism” of the counter-terrorism law. In particular, to specify that it is also about the informational support of the terrorist organizations or illegal armed formations. Therefore, production and distribution of the information, which positively covers occupation of Ukrainian territories and armed aggression against Ukraine is a service to terrorism.

It also provides that only Ukraine’s Parliament can offer the National Security and Defence Council to impose sanctions against “mass media, broadcast, television and radio organizations, and other subjects of informational activity in television and radio sector, their founders, beneficiaries, who are Ukraine’s residents.”

Related: Spread of information justifying aggression against Ukraine might be called service to terrorism

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