In Ukraine, the process of denationalizing newspapers and magazines will begin in a week, starting January 1, 2016, the first stage of the reformation (denationalization) of state and municipal print media will start in Ukraine. The corresponding law from the second attempt was signed by President Petro Poroshenko. In the first version, he vetoed and sent for refinement to parliament with a proposal to record in the document that private print media would not be able to change the language of the publication, that is, to remain mostly Ukrainian-speakers. At the same time, reformed mass media should retain their names, purpose, thematic direction.
Another proposal by Poroshenko concerned “the non-proliferation of the norms of the law on printed mass media, which carry out the official promulgation of regulatory acts of the Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers, the president, ministries and other central executive bodies, as well as other bodies whose acts, in accordance with the law, are subject to state registration of the provisions on official publication and their entry into force, as this could lead to legislative uncertainty. “
Read also: Parliament has listened to Poroshenko’s remarks and dispersed printed media. State-building will take place in two stages. The first one is during 2016. Editors have the priority right over the next three months to decide independently on the way of their denationalization. During 2017-2018, the fate of those publications that will not be determined by the way of denationalisation will already be decided. In addition, state-owned print media is left to lease public utilities or public premises for 15 years and pay them at preferential rates as budgetary institutions. The law provides for the provision of targeted financial assistance to reformed newspapers and magazines, a priority right to conclude agreements on the coverage of activities of local executive authorities and local self-government bodies.