[lg policy] Ukraine's Rada to consider raising to 50% share of Ukrainian-language content

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Feb 10 10:51:07 EST 2018

 Ukraine's Rada to consider raising to 50% share of Ukrainian-language
content in print media 16:40, 09 February 2018 Politics 238 0 The draft
says state-owned and municipal print publications shall be released in the
state language or the language of indigenous peoples. Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian MPs from the UKROP party offer to increase the
share of the Ukrainian language in print media to 50%. The state language
quota is stipulated by draft law No. 8018 "On Amending Article 24 of the
Law of Ukraine ‘On the Basics of the State Language Policy’ to expand the
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Batenko, Iryna Konstankevych, Valentyn Didych, Oleksandr Dubinin, Vitaliy
Kupriy, Oleksandr Shevchenko, and Viktor Shevchenko. "The media is one of
the key tools of Russification, which dictates a trend for the Russian
language to audiences of all generations. For example, after the
introduction of Ukrainian language quotas radio and television, millions of
citizens almost for the first time heard modern Ukrainian music performed
by our artists. It's time to change the situation in the print media,"
co-author of the bill Iryna Konstankevych said. The document provides for
the publication of state and municipal print media in the state language or
the language of indigenous peoples. In turn, private press shall be print
at least half of their pieces in Ukrainian. The only exception is
newspapers and magazines that are published in one or several languages of
the EU countries. The bill establishes a transition period for publishers:
within the first year after the law enters into force, the minimum share of
the state language should reach 20%, and within the second year it should
be 35%. In the third year the quota should be increased to 50%. "The bill
should create legislative conditions for the promotion of the Ukrainian
language in print media. Ukrainians have the right to receive information
in their state language," Konstankevych said.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

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 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
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University of Pennsylvania
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