We noticed with concern that the draft in its current version can jeopardize media published in Ukraine in English and other EU languages (Kyiv Post, Business Ukraine, Lviv Today, the Odessa Review, What’s On, Ukrainian Weekly, Euromaidan Press, UkraineWorld and others).
If adopted in its current version, the law will demand these media (print and online) to have a second version, in Ukrainian. However, media in English and other EU languages are targeting foreign audiences, and benefit the country by explaining, from Ukraine, the situation in Ukraine. Additionally, in practical terms, media content in English or other EU languages, and Ukrainian cannot be identical with regard to topics, level of details, etc. as they target completely different audiences. Therefore, the demand to have a Ukrainian version in print and/or online will force these media to start up a different publication, which entails a drastic and unjustified increase of costs, possibly forcing some of them to close.
We understand the complex language situation faced by Ukraine, the dangers of Russian aggression and its influences, and the need in Ukraine to support the development of Ukrainian language and culture.
However, we also point at the fact that jeopardizing publications in English and other EU languages will have a negative impact on Ukraine’s image abroad, as well as the level of understanding of Ukrainian developments by foreign audiences. In the current situation, when Ukraine greatly needs the support and understanding of the international community, and when high-quality information about Ukraine in English and other EU languages is so scarce, this will be a very negative development.
Therefore, we call Ukrainian lawmakers to adopt amendments to the current draft law and introduce exemptions for publications in print press, and internet in English and other EU languages. The bill already provides such an exemption for TV and radio broadcasting, and for scientific publications. It is logical to extend it also to print and online media.
Harms Rebecca Member of the European Parliament Rosati Dariusz Member of the European Parliament Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association CommitteeVershbow Alexander Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Atlantic Council, Distinguished Fellow Krushelnycky Askold Journalist Kyiv Post, Washington DC CorrespondentHuebner Danuta Maria Professor MEP, AFCO ChairAslund Anders Professor Atlantic Council, Senior FellowGobert Sébastien Journalist Press correspondent - cofounder of Collective Daleko-BliskoHaring Melinda Editor Atlantic Council, Editor of UkraineAlert blogDE LARA PHILIPPE philosopher assistant professor at Paris 2 universityGuillemoles Alain Journalist and Writer French daily paper La CroixBonner Brian Journalist Kyiv Post Chief Editor Yermolenko Volodymyr editor in chief at UkraineWorld, senior expert at Internews UkraineShandra Alya Journalist Euromaidan Press, editor-in-chief Scambiato Licciardi Luciano Strategic Communications Adviser EUAM UkraineAleksevych Mariia Journalist EU Advisory MissionChernyshov Roman EUAM Ukraine, Media OfficerKolyba Iryna Accounting Officer EUAM UkraineAldershoff Willem Analyst international affairs Former Head of Unit, European CommissionSaxegaard Olaf Consultant Private company, ownerHavlicek Pavel Analyst Association for International Affairs (AMO) in PragueChuhuyevska Maryna lawyer EUAM, Civlian security sector reform Component AssistantGRYTSENKO Sergiy Journalism INTERNEWS (USA), ManagerNiland Paul Founder & CEO, Statement Email. Writer, Kyiv Post, Atlantic Council & other publications.Zhytenko Irina EU Edvisory Mission Ukraine, Coordination and cooperation officerWassink Lambert EUAM UkraineCoynash Halyna Kharkiv Human Rights GroupCarriero Gianfranco EUAMKlein Eduard Scientist Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, editor of Ukraine-AnalysenMudrak Viktoriia Social scientist EUAM, analystMakarenko Olena Journalist Euromaidan PressRoache Madeline Journalist Freelance journalist MOSKALU VIOLETA Editor-in-chief Global Ukraine NewsHakala Heikki Senior Contributing Editor, FinlandSerhatskova Kateryna Journalist Zaborona.com, CEO. Cross Media NGO, CEODovbenko Mariia Communications Stratcom Ukraine, Communication ManagerPiwowar Paweł NGO activist Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Poland)Claudin Carmen Researcher Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB, Barcelona, SpainFesiak Andrew Independent ResearcherMacDonald Euan Journalist Kyiv Post, News EditorIstomina Tamara Journalist Kyiv Post lifestyle reporterMelkozerova Veronika journalist Kyiv Post, staff writerSukhov Oleg journalist Kyiv Post Daria Shulzhenko Journalist Kyiv Post lifestyle reporter Laurenson Jack Journalist Kyiv Post Petrov Volodymyr Photographer Kyiv Post photojournalistKupfer Matthew Journalist Kyiv PostKyslytska Anna Journalist Blow Up Press (Poland)Roudier de Lara Hélène Teacher Education Nationale Talant Bermet Journalist Kyiv PostSenjov-Makohon Natalie Academic RetiredKrasnikov Denys Journalist Kyiv Post, journalistDatskevych Natalia journalist Kyiv Post, journalistElia Danilo Journalist RAI, Public Broadcaster of ItalyLodder Cornelis Officer (ret.) Royal Dutch Army Former Dutch Defence Attaché in UkraineMakohon Roman Medical Practitioner Clinician at Eastbrooke Family Medical Centre Essendon Victoria AustraliaJendras Richard Deacon St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Carteret, NJGetmanchuk Alyona New Europe Center, director Malanchuk Maria interprète de conférence institutions européennesStout P. H. International Sales Manager Vice PresidentSerres Dominique Retired, previously bank Previously head of international retail banking activities in a large French bank