Ukrainian president hails parliament's decision to cancel libel bill

Author: Interfax-Ukraine All articles by this author

More about Interfax-Ukraine

Oct. 02, 2012 19:14
215 159
Journalists in Kyiv protest against the adoption of the libel law.
Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has welcomed parliament's decision to cancel a draft law introducing amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine concerning the tightening of responsibility for infringement on honor, dignity and business reputation, which was earlier passed at first reading.

A statement posted by Presidential Spokesperson Daria Chepak on the official Web site of the head of state says that Yanukovych earlier addressed the author of the bill, Regions Party MP Vitaliy Zhuravsky, regarding the need to reconsider the "future of this document."

"The president said such bills should be passed only after a proper assessment by European experts, public discussion and taking into account public opinion," she said.

Yanukovych noted "the importance of the effective protection of freedom of expression and diversity of opinion in the country, which is critically required during the election campaign."


215 159

The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.

comments powered by Disqus

Read more in {{sectionName}} section

All in {{sectionName}} section