The Ministry of Justice is initiating denationalization of print media.

The press service of the Justice Ministry announced this in a statement, Ukrainian news reports. 

The Justice Ministry has prepared the relevant draft law, which is entitled "On Reforming State and Communal Print Media," and made it available for public debate.

The draft law limits the influence of state and local self-government agencies on the print media, minimizes the use of the print media to manipulate public consciousness and the personal opinions of citizens, and provides social guaranties to journalists with reformed state and communal print media.

Implementation of the draft law is expected to facilitate creation of financially independent print media in Ukraine and creation of the proper conditions for their operations and thus facilitating improvement of the provision of information to Ukrainian citizens.

The draft law provides for reforming the print media in two stages: in the periods of 2010-2011 and 2012-2013.

The document also outlines the methods for reforming the print media, establishes the procedures for making decisions on reform of the print media, and outlines the particulars of management of the assets of state and communal print media during the reform process.

It also guarantees state support for reform of the local print media.

In particular, it establishes preferential terms for leasing premises to state or communal print media and provides targeted support to local print media.

The draft law provides for granting local print media that have undergone reform priority right to conclude agreements on coverage of the operations of local government agencies and local self-government agencies.


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