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New Bill Supporting De-Statization Submitted in Verkhovna Rada

June 8 – The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information registered legislation to support media de-statization – or privatization – in Ukraine.

The bill, titled “On Reforming Municipal Print Media” and co-authored by nine members of Parliament, would amend current law to let formerly communal or state-owned newspapers work as separate entities. This step could expedite de-statization reform.

The legislation would also define court jurisdiction in de-statization cases, ensure effective monitoring of local print media reform, and clarify the deadline for changing owners of print media. The legislation includes a provision that allows editorial and news staffs to utilize the courts to press for reform should media owners delay de-statization.

Legislation co-authors are all members of the Rada’s Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information. They are Victoria Syumar (People’s Front), Olga Chervakova (Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc), Olexander Sochka (People’s Front), Bohdan Onufryk (People’s Front), Hryhoriy Schwerk (Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc), Vladyslav Sevryukov (People’s Front), Olena Kondratyuk (Batkivshchyna), Olexander Opanasenko (Samopomich), and Fedir Bendyuzhenko (People’s Front).

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