The American Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calls on the Verkhovna Rada to refuse to adopt bill No. 2693-d "On Media", approved by the parliament in the first reading on September 30.
This is stated in the message CPJ.
“Ukrainian legislators should drop the bill, or at least suspend its consideration in parliament, until the European Union can make its recommendations,” said Gulnoza Said, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator, in New York.
She said the bill seriously threatens freedom of speech in Ukraine by increasing state control over information at a time when citizens need it most.
CPJ notes that if passed, the law would expand the powers of the National TV and Radio Council, allowing it to regulate online and print publications, revoke the registration and license of any media outlet, block online media outlets without a court order, and require social media platforms and web browsers to remove content prohibited by law.