The authorities got the legal opportunity to close the Internet editions “for terrorism and menace to the state”
The Law “On introduction of changes into some laws of Ukraine” introduces changes to the Laws of Ukraine “On information”, “On printed mass media (the press) in Ukraine” and “On publishing activities”, informs Olena Gromnitska, the press-secretary of the Ukrainian President.
The Law, which was approved by the Supreme Rada on 18 November, took the effect from the day of its publication. The document forbids the distribution, with the use of the objects of informatization sphere, of the appeals aimed at capture of state property, coercive change of the constitutional regime, infringement of territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine.
Besides, it prohibits to spread the information containing the propaganda of terrorism, war, genocide, violence and cruelty, as well as the information, which discredits people by race, political, religious and other views, sex, ethnic or social origin, property status, language, etc.
The law prohibits to spread the information, which can inflict damage to honor, dignity or business reputation of individuals, the information containing the coarse invectives and the information of the pornographic character.
Besides, it is banned to use printed mass media for the appeals to the commitment of terrorist acts.
The activities in the sphere of informatization are determined as the aggregate of actions connected with creation, distribution, use, storage, collection and processing of the objects of informatization sphere (informational technologies, products and resources), as well as rendering of services connected with the use of these objects.
(“The Poltava oblast media club”, No. 61, 11 December 2003)