The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has formed an interim commission to investigate into the facts of censorship in mass media, pressure on freedom of speech in Ukraine and preventing legal professional activity of journalists.

The commission will try cases of interference by public authorities and local self-government, their officials in the activity of media, as well as media reports about pressure on freedom of speech.

The commission is headed by a member of the opposition faction Our Ukraine - People's Self-Defense Iryna Herashchenko, and member of the Party of Regions faction, Volodymyr Landyk, acts as deputy chairman of the commission.

The investigative commission will be valid for 1 year and will deliver its first preliminary report within three months.

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