Share Tweet Pocket Add to Bookmarks
You're reading: Ukrainian opposition says defamation law would curb free press
Popular
on social media

The draft law, which would provide for prison terms of up to
five years for offenders, was rushed through its first reading
on Tuesday by deputies of Yanukovich’s Party of the Regions and
their allies who hold the majority in parliament.

It would apply to anyone, including the media, who spread
“deliberately untrustworthy information” which denigrated a
person, hurt their honour and dignity or undermined their
business reputation.

The proposal to return the old Soviet law to the statute
books 11 years after it was removed came as opposition parties
marshalled their forces for an Oct. 28 parliamentary election
which – with key opposition figures such as former prime
minister Yulia Tymoshenko in jail – promises to be an
acrimonious contest.

Exclusive article

Sign up or subscribe to view more articles.
Try Kyiv Post for just 99¢ for the first month!
See All Plans
$5.95
Monthly plan
Get unlimited article access, anytime, anywhere.

Subscribe
$60
Yearly plan
Access all the exclusive content on KyivPost.com and the complete online archive.
Subscribe
Advertisement

Add comment

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.
More in this section
Attention

Add a picture
Choose file
Add a quote
Attention

Are you sure you want to delete your comment?

Attention

Are you sure you want to delete all user's comments?

Attention

Are you sure you want to unapprove user's comment?

Attention

Are you sure you want to move to spam user's comment?

Attention

Are you sure you want to move to trash user's comment?

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: