(QHA) - The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU), Independent Media Union (IMU) and Commission on Journalistic Ethics (CJE) have addressed the President of Ukraine with a request to veto the Law "On Amendments to the Law "On the Judicial System and Status of Judges" and procedural laws regarding additional measures to protect the safety of citizens adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on January 16. NUJU head Oleh Nalyvaiko has said this in a statement on Friday, Ukrinform reported. "The journalistic activity will be much more complicated if the law comes into force. And so the media community urges the President to veto the law," the report reads. Media professionals pointed out that the law was adopted without consultation with journalists, media owners and the public. IMU Chairman Yuriy Lukanov believes this law is an analog to control media activities in Russia: "However, the Ukrainian laws are stronger, because for libel only penalty is provided in Russia, and in Ukraine - up to two years in prison."

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