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President Poroshenko Signs Law on Language Quotas in Media

June 7 – According to the President’s Twitter page, Petro Poroshenko signed a law on amendments to several Ukrainian laws regarding language of audio-visual (electronic) media. “I am grateful to media representatives for their proposal to apply language quotas and returning Ukrainian language to Ukrainian media,” Poroshenko wrote.

On May 23, the Verkhovna Rada approved the aforementioned law (№ 5313). Two-hundred-sixty-nine members of Parliament voted for the law.

The law’s provisions require mandatory weekly Ukrainian language quotas for television programs and movies. On national television channels, 75 percent of programming should be in Ukrainian; on regional channels, 60 percent; and on both national and regional news channels, 75 percent of news programs should be in Ukrainian. The authors of the law are MPs Mykola Knyazhytsky, Victoria Syumar, Ihor Vasyunyk, Mykola Kadykalo (all from People’s Front), Olena Kondratyuk (Batkivshchyna), and Vadym Denysenko (Petro Poroshenko’s Block).

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