The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has banned the forced removal of mass media offices, publishing houses, bookshops and distributors, founded by the state agencies and local governments, unions of citizens, state scientific and research establishments, scientific establishments, labor teams, as well as creative unions.
A total of 397 out of 425 MPs registered in the hall on Thursday passed the law on strengthening the protection of the ownership of mass media offices, publishing houses, bookshops and distributors, as well as creative unions.
The law also stipulates that the real estate of the mentioned organizations and enterprises that are part of the ownership fund of economic unions created in the process of privatization, can be leased only to mass media offices, publishing houses, and enterprises of book distributors.The document also bans the conversion of these organizations to other purposes.
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