“Journalist organizations such as the EFJ, and international organizations as the Council of Europe and OSCE, try to stop criminal prosecutions for slander all over Europe. Our position is clear: criminal laws on slander are not just disproportional, but they also have a restrictive effect for the readiness and ability of the journalists to do their job effectively,” EFJ President Arne Konig said as committee of the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine reported on Wednesday, March 20.
According to the committee’s report, on March 18 first Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin once again proposed to make slander a crime in Ukraine. He is to make amendments to the corresponding article of the law during the present session of parliament.
The partner organizations of the IFJ and EFJ – the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine and National Journalists’ Union of Ukraine – said that similar proposal was had been criticized in autumn 2012 and evoked mass protests among journalists. They said that a fresh attempt would provoke more negative responses from journalists.