March 21, 2013
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have cautioned Ukraine against a new attempt to introduce criminal liability for slander.
“Journalist organizations such as the EFJ, and international organizations as the Council of Europe and OSCE, try to stop criminal prosecutions for slander all over Europe. Our position is clear: criminal laws on slander are not just disproportional, but they also have a restrictive effect for the readiness and ability of the journalists to do their job effectively,” EFJ President Arne Konig said as committee of the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine reported on Wednesday, March 20.
According to the committee’s report, on March 18 first Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin once again proposed to make slander a crime in Ukraine. He is to make amendments to the corresponding article of the law during the present session of parliament.