backed by the party led by President Viktor Yanukovych, calls for
toughened punishment for defamation, including prison terms of up to
five years. International watchdogs have criticized the measure as a
government attempt to silence independent journalism.
Several leading Ukrainian newspapers and magazines have protested in recent days by publishing editions with blank covers.
than 100 journalists took part in Monday’s rally. The legislature is
set to consider the bill in the final reading next week, even though its
author had sought to rescind it.