The ban imposed on foreign TV channels unadapted to the Ukrainian legislation is not connected with either the content or language of TV shows. Press office of Our Ukraine distributed the statement of the chairman of the National council of Ukraine and TV and radio broadcast Shevchenko.

Shevchenko underlined that the council demands the observation of the laws on the authors’ rights, on advertisement, on consumers’ rights, on TV and radio broadcast.

“Many politicians speculate on this question and declare that the actions of the National council concern the violation of the freedom of speech. But the matter concerns economy and interests of consumers,” he said.

As an example Shevchenko cited an episode with “Euorvision” broadcast, which was made by a foreign channel, which does not have any broadcasting rights in Ukraine.

“As for advertisement, the Ukrainian legislation provides for broadcast of the ads paid on the territory of Ukraine only,” Shevchenko added.

As a reminder, the National council of Ukraine and TV and radio broadcast obliged the providers to stop the rebroadcast of foreign TV channels, which are not adapted to the Ukrainian legislation. The decision was made and came into force on October 1, 2008.


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