UKRAINE IS BANNING FILMS AND TV SHOWS THAT GLORIFY RUSSIA’S MILITARY

Kyiv Post on April 3, 2015, reported that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed into law a new measure banning Russian films and television shows that glorify the country’s military. Excerpts below:

The law, which was passed by Ukraine’s parliament on Feb. 5 before being sent to Poroshenko for his signature, bans films and television shows made beginning in 2014. It is the latest in a series of measures designed to curb Russian propaganda in the country.

The measure would affect films and television made after Russia became involved in the conflict in Ukraine. However, it would not apply to anything produced in Ukraine or films produced jointly between Russia and Ukraine.

Oksana Romaniuk, director of the Kiev-based watchdog organization Institute of Mass Information, said the new law “will not have serious effect” on free speech issues.

“It’s mostly a patriotic, psychological measure” taken as Kiev fights a physical war with Russia-backed separatists in the east, as well as an information war with Moscow over the airwaves and on the internet, Romaniuk said.

In recent months, Ukraine has taken several measures, including establishing the Ministry of Information Policy …

The country has also created an iArmy to “fight back Russian occupants on the information front.” The site encourages Ukrainians to sign up to receive tasks and a newsletter by email.

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