“Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the Ukrainian parliament’s
approval at first reading yesterday (September 18) of a bill that would
recriminalize defamation, and urges lawmakers to reverse this decision
by rejecting the bill at second reading,” the statement posted on the
organization’s Web site reads.
The organization believes that Ukraine will go eleven years back if it puts defamation back into the criminal code.
“It would run counter to the worldwide trend and would clearly
violate the international conventions Ukraine has ratified, starting
with the European Convention on Human Rights and the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,” the statement reads.