Ukrainian President signs law on supervisory board of Public Broadcasting Company

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
10 February 2021, 20:55
Canan Kevser
10 February 2021, 20:55

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday signed a law on public television and radio broadcasting.

Presidential press service reported that Zelensky signed the law on the amendments to the related article of Ukrainian legislation, "to address conflicts in the appointment and dismissal of members of the Supervisory Board of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (PBC) by parliamentary factions and groups."

It was previously approved by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's Parliament) on February 2, 2021.

The law stipulates that the term of office of members of the PBC Supervisory Board is five years from the official publication date of the relevant decision by the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine.

In case of early termination of powers of a member of the PBC Supervisory Board elected from a parliamentary faction or a group, such faction or group, if not disbanded, decides to delegate a new member of the Supervisory Board for the remaining term until the expiration of the term of the Supervisory Board member.

The law stipulates that deputy factions or groups cannot elect members of the PBC Supervisory Board, if there are less than 180 days left before the election of a new composition of the Verkhovna Rada.

Earlier Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on February 2 signed off on the sanctions proposed by his national-security team against three television stations over spreading Russia-backed disinformation.

As of the morning of February 3, the broadcasting of NewsOne, ZIK and 112 Ukraine was blocked.

On February 5, the Ukrainian parliament proposed to ban the journalists of the three blocked TV channels from entering the building of Verkhovna Rada.