18:17 05.09.2017

Rada passes at first reading bill relaxing issue of permits for broadcasting in some districts of Ukraine

Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada intends to permit the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting to issue permits for temporary broadcasting on the territories with the special broadcasting regime in the near-border districts of the country, districts located on the contact line with temporarily occupied areas and some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

A total of 267 lawmakers backed bill No. 6565 amending some Ukrainian laws regarding temporary permits for broadcasting in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone and near-border districts.

The bill proposes amendments to the Ukrainian law on radio frequency spectrum, the law on the National Council on TV and Radio Broadcasting, the law on the permit system in the sphere of economic activity and the law on television and radio broadcasting. In addition, it is proposed to update the terminology of the law on the radio frequency spectrum and continue the operation of analogue broadcasting in territories with a "special mode of broadcasting."

There is also a relaxed procedure for issuing permits for temporary broadcasting - broadcasting using radio frequency spectrum by broadcasting organizations on the basis of the temporary broadcasting permits granted by the national broadcasting council.

According to the explanatory note to the bill, it is intended to ensure the continuity of broadcasting by television and radio organizations and receiving their TV programs by the population via approving the rules for the relaxed issue of temporary permits for broadcasting in areas that are most vulnerable to external negative information impact.

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