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You're reading: Article 19: Draft election code does not protect free expression

ARTICLE 19, International Media Support and Media Law Institute call on the Ukrainian government to bring the draft election code in line with international freedom of expression standards. This appeal is made on the basis of ARTICLE 19’s analysis of the draft code that points out how the draft fails to meet international freedom of expression standards and best practices and recommends specific changes of the proposed regulation.

“ARTICLE 19 welcomes the decision of the Ukrainian legislators to reform the election legislation and merge several election laws into one code,” said Agnes Callamard, ARTICLE 19 Executive Director. “However we think that the new legislation must ensure that freedom of expression is respected and protected during elections.”

“The freedom to express oneself and to seek the views of others both as a voter and a political candidate is a fundamental cornerstone of free and fair elections. We urge the Ukrainian government to refine the draft election code to adhere to international standards of freedom of expression,” said Jane Møller Larsen, program coordinator of the media and democracy program at International Media Support.

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