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Amendments to Print Media “De-Statization” Law

May 29 Representatives of the Center for Democracy and Rule of Law (CEDEM) met with Victoria Syumar, chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information, to discuss amendments to Ukraine’s de-statization, or media privatization, law.

CEDEM lawyers are advocating for criminal responsibility for de-statization law noncompliance, establishing a transition period for print outlets as the reform is completed, and banning registration for communal and state media.

Communal media include elected local authorities serving on councils, and state media include state administrators. The committee will consider the CEDEM-supported amendments at its next meeting, and the amendment text will then be finalized and registered in the Verkhovna Rada [parliament] for review and approval.