Poroshenko ordered television channels to broadcast in Ukrainian language 75% of the time
Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on language quotas on Ukrainian TV. TV channels are obliged 75% of airtime for broadcasting in the Ukrainian language.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed a law requiring TV channels not less than 75% of the time “in the intervals from 07:00 to 18:00 and 18:00 to 22:00” to broadcast in the Ukrainian language. About the Ukrainian leader said at a meeting with Ukrainian journalists on their professional holiday, celebrated in Ukraine on June 6.
Poroshenko said that the media representatives made proposals on the introduction of quotas and the return of the Ukrainian language in the Ukrainian media.
“Here the palm is ready to give you. This is your initiative and suggestions, which I supported. The deputies have worked, and I had great pleasure and great honor to sign [the law]”, — quotes Poroshenko his press service.
The document was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on may 23. He obliges national TV channels to broadcast in Ukrainian language 75% of the time. The law specifies that if a movie or a show was created before 1 August 1991 and in the original was in Russian, they must be accompanied by Ukrainian subtitles. If the movie was in another language, it is necessary to duplicate. Programs or movies that appeared after 1 August 1991, in any case must be heard in Ukrainian.
Also in accordance with the document transmission is considered to be Ukrainian, if the state language says a leading.
Guests can speak any language but their language must be accompanied by Ukrainian subtitles.
“Given recent events in Ukraine and the state of international relations with individual States, lately in society, especially the growing demand for the national audiovisual product in the state language”, — stated in the explanatory note to the document.