A ban on Russian movies imposed by the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada is at odds with the Ukrainian constitution, and the international community should publicly offer an opinion on this initiative, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"Opposition parties, media holdings and the public are opposed to this initiative, which disagrees with the Ukrainian constitution and European democratic values to which Kiev is constantly referring. Alas, there has been no response of international organizations, among them the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, as of yet," the ministry said in a commentary posted on its website on Tuesday.
"We are asking the international community and specialized organizations to publicly offer an opinion on the latest initiative of the Kyiv authorities, which are trying to deprive the population of their country the right to unhampered access to information," the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.
The ministry called the law an attack on free speech.
"Legal mechanisms of political censorship are being methodically developed under the pretext of national security measures," the ministry continued.
Seeking to resist "the Russian aggression," the law sets "general criteria for identification of audio and visual products damaging for Ukrainian national security. It also spells out sanctions for those who may ignore this ban," the report said.
This is not the first occurrence of political censorship excused by the so-called "Russian propaganda" in European countries, the ministry pointed out. "Amendments to the Law of the Lithuanian Republic "On Public Information" passed in December of last year are being used to limit broadcast of Russian-language programs "according to the law"," the ministry recalled.
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