In Ukraine, out of the 244 state and communal print media that took part in the first stage of destatization, 49 have already been completely reformed, another 127 media are in a process of liquidation, 33 are to be re-registered, and 36 have not prepared appropriate documents for reforming, the chairman of the State Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee Oleg Nalyvayko said, according to liga.net.
In total, there are 687 communal and state printed media in Ukraine, all of which must undergo the reform in two stages.
“Unfortunately, the budget for 2017 has not provided the newspapers that went to the first stage of reforming with the one-time financial assistance, because there were no reformed newspapers back then,” Nalyvayko said,
“However, now we have once again asked the government to allocate these funds, because there are already some reformed newspapers out there”.
Nalivayko reminded that the one-time assistance for each newspaper is 50 000 UAH.
In December 2015 the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law which envisages gradual destatization of state and communal print media.
According to the law, the reform of print media and editorial offices is to be carried out in two stages: the first one – within one year from the date of its entry into force, and the second one – within the following two years.
At the first stage, the reform being introduced involved the print media and editorial offices from the list approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
At the second stage, the reform will encompass the rest of print media and editorial offices. The law stipulates that the editorial staff has a prior right to determine the way reform is enforced.