De-Statization Reform is Over; What are the Results?
December 31 – On December 31, 2018, the term for reforming all state and municipal newspapers into private ones expired, according to the law on de-statization of print regional media. By this date, all communal media had to break away from the state and communal enterprises and get registered as private outlets. The duration of the reform was three years.
In total, 760 publications declared their intention to privatize (72 of them have not published recently). According to the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting, as of December 18, 2018, 343 print media outlets were reformed (323 of them were communal, which represents 53 percent of the total number of communal print outlets across Ukraine, and 20 state-owned, which is about 25 percent of the total number of state-owned outlets).
The leading regions in this reform initiative are Vinnytisa, Mykolayiv, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Cherkasy, and Chernihiv regions. Less successful regions are Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Ivano-Frankivsk regions. Only one print media outlet was reformed in Zakarpattia region and one in Kyiv city.
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