News » Politics 12 November, 2011, 9:38
Law “On protecting public morale” can be used to close opposition sites

The authorities can use the law “On protecting public morale” (passed in the first hearing by Rada) to put opposition websites out of the Internet, says representative of “Reporters Without Borders” Oksana Romaniuk, Ukrayinska Pravda reported Nov. 12.

 The wording of the law is so ambiguous any internet media outlet can be accused of violating the public morale. The sanctions imposed by the law are very steep, Romaniuk says.

Important that “calls for terrorism” and “use of swear words” imply the same sanctions – the site closure, the expert says.

“We have grave concerns that the law will be used as a tool to shut opposition sites or block the work of the media, especially in the run-up to the 2012 parliamentary elections,” she added.

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