Illegally denying journalists access to info to be criminal offense in Ukraine
The Verkhovna Rada has adopted the draft law, introducing criminal penalties for illegal denial of access of journalists to information, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The relevant decision was supported on Thursday by 240 of 308 MPs registered in the session hall.
The law stipulates that the violation of the secrecy of correspondence, telephone conversations, telegraph and other communications, if committed repeatedly or against state or public figures, journalists, or committed by an official, or with the use of special tools, intended for secretly recording information, shall be punished by imprisonment from three to seven years.
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Actions envisaged in Part 2 Article 171, if committed by an official exercising his authority, or conspiracy of a group of persons, shall be punished by a fine between 200 and 500 tax-free minimum incomes, or restraint of liberty for up to five years, with disqualification to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to three years or without such ban.