The Commissioner of the OSCE on freedom of the media Dunja mijatovi? welcomed on Thursday the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine the law toughening responsibility for lawlessness regarding correspondents.
in the adopted law proposes to amend criminal rule (QM) country number of articles aimed at strengthening safeguards for the legitimate professional activities of correspondents. For example, recent articles will include responsibility for risk and violent action against the reporters and their relatives.
"I believe that these important legislative changes will help to ensure the safety of correspondents in Ukraine. The authorities are Not able to spare any effort for a full investigation into all crimes committed against the commissioners, the press, and among them numerous attacks and killings in the last few years. There can be no impunity for iniquities committed relative of the journalist " - quoted message Mijatovic in a statement released on the last working day of the week press release of the OSCE.
While Mijatovic said that the security situation of correspondents in different regions of Ukraine " remains a concern ", and Authorized the press "pay a very heavy price" for the performance of their work.
Approved by the Rada, the law is still required to sign the head of Ukraine. It is planned that it will take effect from the day following the day of its promulgation in the official media.
the act also establishes a punishment of deprivation of life or the attempt on the life of a journalist, his close relatives or family members, and holding them hostage. In addition, it plans to pay benefits to family members of the journalist in the event of his death or of receiving serious injury In the performance of professional duty.