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Ukraine Has Not Asked Council Of Europe To Analyze Draft Law On 75% Quota For Ukrainian-Language TV Broadcasts

Ukraine Has Not Asked Council Of Europe To Analyze Draft Law On 75% Quota For Ukrainian-Language TV Broadcasts

Ukraine has not asked the Council of Europe to perform an official expert analysis of the draft law that requires nationwide television channels to broadcast at least 75% of their programs in the state language, the first reading of which the parliament adopted on March 16.

A representative of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine announced this to Ukrainian News Agency.

"Ukraine has not asked the Council of Europe to perform an official assessment of this draft law (on language quotas)," the representative said.

He stressed that Council of Europe experts cannot publicly comment on the draft law without such a request.

In September 2016, the Council of Europe presented an expert opinion on the distribution of powers of institutions in the area of information policy and media in Ukraine.

The expert opinion stated that the provisions of Article 9 of the law of Ukraine "On Television and Radio Broadcasting," according to which national (domestic) audiovisual products (or Ukrainian music in the case of radio) should account for at least 50% of the programs broadcast by broadcasting companies, violated the European Union's legislation.

The experts considered this quota too high.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the parliament adopted the first reading of the draft law that requires nationwide television channels to broadcast at least 75% of their programs in the state language on March 16.

Yevhen Zakharov, the board chairman of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group, believes that these language quotas interfere with freedom of opinion.


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