No separatism on TV: Separatism calls on air? Fines and penalties for broadcasters
Politics18:11 Nov. 2, 2016
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Separatism calls on air? Fines and penalties for broadcasters

Ukraine's Parliament has adopted in the second reading a draft law on fining broadcasters which glorify the Russian aggressor or want to divide Ukraine

A TV channel or radio station can be fined if they glorify Russia or call for a territorial integrity break.

A relevant draft law has been adopted by the Verkhovna Rada in the second reading yesterday.

Previously, Ukraine's National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting could give a warning note or withdraw a license from a broadcaster. The latter has rarely ever happened. That's why, channels with a pro-Russian position would remain unpunished. The draft's authors assure that such a situation won't happen anymore.

Read also Ukrainian authorities plan to impose sanctions on 38 Russian-language media outlets

Fines are planned to be high. For example, for the calls for a state coup, propaganda in favor of the aggressor, humiliation of national honor and dignity, channels will pay 25 percent of their broadcasting licenses. For showing sanctioned persons or movies - 10 percent of the broadcasting license, which could be hundreds of thousands hryvnias for big channels.

Viktoria Syumar, head of the parliamentary committee on freedom of speech: It doesn't mean a license withdrawal or a warning as it was before. They will have to pay for a violation to the state budget.

Read also Enemies of Press Freedom: Putin makes it to the list alongside Erdogan and Islamic State

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