Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
On September 11th draft law No. 9068, which authorises the National Council to fine television and radio broadcasting organisations if they “justify the occupation of Ukraine”, was submitted for consideration of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada.
It is reported that the draft law aims to “strengthen information security”. The document of the draft law stipulates penalties for the sum of 25% of the amount of the licensing fee if statements that “justify occupation or recognise it as lawful” are broadcasted. Also, the National Council can impose a fine on a TV channel for “kindling hostility and hatred”.
It is suggested to imposed fines for the distribution of terminology contradicting the law on features of providing “the state sovereignty of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions”.
In addition, the authors of the draft law suggest to increase licensing fee penalties from 10% to 25% for “broadcasting TV programs created after August 1st, 1991 that contain popularisation or the propaganda of bodies of the aggressor state and their separate actions that justify the occupation of the territory of Ukraine”.
The draft law was registered on Friday, September 7th. It was initiated by the head of the committee on questions of freedom of speech and information policy Viktoriya Syumar (“People’s Front“ faction) and a group of People’s Deputies, among whom there are the heads of the “Radical Party”, “Samopomich”, “People’s Front”, and “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” factions.
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