In Ukraine, the controversial law has entered into force, which allows the ban on the work of the media without a court decision

A controversial law that gives the government the power to ban the media without a court decision came into force in Ukraine today.

The law, drafted by the ruling Servant of the People party, expands the powers of the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting, which becomes the sole regulator of mass media, Anadolia reported.

The Council has the right to send mandatory instructions to the editorial offices of all media outlets, to fine all types of media outlets, to ban the work of online media outlets for a period of 14 days without a court decision, and to cancel the registration of printed publications.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) called on Kyiv to review the new law and start a broad dialogue with journalists' unions and the media sector.

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