According to an Interfax-Ukraine reporter, the respective amendments
were supported at first reading by 232 out of the 273 MPs registered in
the session hall on Friday, Aug. 1.
The bill proposed by UDAR faction MP Valeriy Karpuntsov foresees that
a threat of murder, violence or destruction of property with regard to
journalists, their closest relatives and family members related to their
professional activity could be punished by imprisonment for a period of
three to seven years.
The deliberate infliction of light and moderate bodily injury on
journalists or their relatives could be punished by restriction of
freedom for two to five years or imprisonment for two to six years.