Stop Censorship: Defamation Law would set the path for political repression


The civic movement Stop Censorship believes the draft law criminalizing defamation, passed on Tuesday in its first reading, is a threat to journalists, bloggers, activists and users of social networks and forums who merely comment on the news.

It warns that such a law could open the way to political repression against independent politicians, journalists and activists.

It calls on journalists to give maximum coverage to this subject in order to make it clear what the consequences of the law’s adoption in full would be. It calls on the heads of parliamentary factions to bear in mind that this draft law fails to comply with recommendations from a number of international organizations which Ukraine is a member of.

“Adoption of the draft law will be a serious step backwards in Ukraine’s development and will be a convincing demonstration of the country’s move away from international democratic standards”.



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