Ukrainian parliament may suspend accreditation of journalists from some Russian media

The Ukrainian parliamentary committee on freedom of speech and information has recommended that the parliament adopt a draft decree suspending the accreditation of journalists and technical workers of some Russian media with the Ukrainian authorities, the information department of the Ukrainian parliament administration has reported.

The Ukrainian parliamentary committee on freedom of speech and information has recommended that the parliament adopt a draft decree suspending the accreditation of journalists and technical workers of some Russian media with the Ukrainian authorities, the information department of the Ukrainian parliament administration has reported.

The bill in question proposes to suspend the accreditation of journalists and technical staff of the television channels Channel One, RTR-Planeta, Rossiya-24, NTV-Mir, Life News, and other Russian media organizations until the enactment of the judicial; decisions on claims filed by the Ukrainian National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council.

During the debate on the document, it was stated that its purpose is "to ensure the national security of Ukraine, prevent information threats, and protect citizens' rights to information."

Members of the committee also took into account the fact that the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting has filed a lawsuit with the Kyiv District Administrative Court seeking the recognition of the work of some television channels (including Channel One, RTR-Planeta, Rossiya-24, and NTV-Mir) in violation of the Ukrainian legislation and the European Convention on Transfrontier television and asked the court to suspend their broadcasts in multi-channel networks on the territory of Ukraine.

The draft decree says it will take effect on the day of its adoption and the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting, the Cabinet of Ministers, and the central state authorities will be required "to take relevant measures and ensure the fulfillment of this decree" within two weeks following the adoption of the document.

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