In Kiev, proposed new measures to combat “Russian TV propaganda”

The national Council for television and radio broadcasting Council of Ukraine requested the Council of national security and defense Council (NSDC) to introduce personal economic and other sanctions against 38 legal entities of the Russian Federation, which control the Federal Russian TV channels, and TV channels running on uncontrollable Kiev territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. According to the report of the regulator, the decision was taken at a meeting of the national Council on Thursday, February 18.

The communication stresses that the measure is aimed at ensuring information security and protecting the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

In the office the list against which it is proposed to impose sanctions, appear in almost all Russian TV channels including “First channel”, the TV holding company VGTRK, NTV, TV, “TV Center”, “Moscow -24” and others.

Member of the National Council Sergey Kostinsky explained that this proposal is a continuation of last year, the regulator system of monitoring of TV channels rebroadcast in Ukraine.

“We believe it fundamental that a decision was taken in respect of Federal channels — channels that are affiliated with the Russian government, among the shareholders of the Russian state, who pay taxes to the Russian budget, the Russian media are propaganda, so they were forbidden in any form to work and to be transmitted on the territory of Ukraine,” are his words in the message Department.

Kostinsky added that the restrictions should concern the work of journalists, to make these channels in the list of adapted and broadcast them to the ISPs. “Because there are cases when Internet providers which are not licensees of the National Council, re-transmit these channels using OTT technologies (a method of video delivery over the Internet). That is, they [the sanctions] should enhance protection of Ukraine’s information space” — said Kostinsky.

First Deputy Chairman of the National Council Olga herasymuk explained that the Agency’s initiative “lies in the protection of national security, because these channels are not journalistic work, and information warfare and propaganda work”.