Verkhovna Rada rejects bill prohibiting media checks before the elections
On 23 September the Verkhovna Rada rejected draft Law No. 2782 on amendments to laws which would make it impossible for checks to be carried out on media outlets during the election campaign. The Party of the Regions and Communists refused to support it..
There were only 125 (of the necessary 225) in favour of passing it as a base, and 114 of sending it for reworking. As a result the draft law was rejected.
The law would have placed a moratorium on checks of the media by regulatory bodies during the election campaign.
The Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information had supported the draft law.
From a report at http://www.telekritika.ua/news/2011-09-23/65962