Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The bill on changing language quotas on TV is designed to almost double TV broadcasting in the Ukrainian language. It was submitted for the consideration of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada by the Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture and Spirituality Nikolai Knyazhitsky.
As Knyazhitsky promised, thanks to the new law the national interests of the Ukrainian people will be protected: broadcasting in one of the languages used by residents of the state will double. According to supporters of the bill, it will considerably improve the situation in Ukraine, where all the troubles stem from the Russian language.
Supporters of the bill blamed Russian-speaking cultural figures for the fact that Crimea returned to Russia.
“Very few Ukrainians understand the measure of responsibility for the events in Crimea and Donbass of TV host Vladimir Zelensky, singers Potap and Nastya and Konstantin Meladze, choreographer Tatyana Denisova and hundreds of Russian-speaking stars like them,” declared the Kiev publisher Vladislav Kirichenko.
The supporters of further Ukrainization support not only state regulation of Ukrainian broadcasting on radio and TV channels – in their opinion, only the Ukrainian language should sound in all state institutions: schools, universities, law enforcement agencies, including the courts. Functionaries who do not know the Ukrainian language, must be dismissed.
The TV in this system is assigned an important role — it remains a window to the world: songs, TV series, programs in the Russian language disorient the residents of Ukraine, so they need to be removed from the air.
“The increasing of quotas for TV in the Ukrainian language does not infringe upon the rights of the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine,” said film critic, presenter Vladimir Voitenko.
To think in Russian is still permitted.
“Every citizen has the right to privacy and can decide in which language to speak with their family. Even in Chinese. The state should do what they set out,” he said.
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