This Tuesday, April 7, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the Law on Public television and radio broadcasting at the Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv, states the official website of the head of state.
"This is the law awaited by Ukraine for 23 years. The authorities either lacked will, or were unwilling to deal with that issue, because the authorities always wanted to control media space and considered that establishing public television would be similar to releasing the genie out of the bottle. This is the price, the government must pay for democracy," the President stated.
The Head of State has noted that MPs had allowed opening the new page of freedom of speech in Ukraine by voting for the given law. "I've been always confident that public television should exist," Petro Poroshenko said.
Poroshenko stressed that while watching TV or listening to the radio he was not always agree with what he saw or heard. "Still, we must get used to the life in such environment. I am proud that in the course of my presidency, I have not called anyone to say that I do not like this or that story," Petro Poroshenko noted.
The Head of State has reminded the words of Voltaire: "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it". "I am ready for a lot to preserve the freedom of speech and democracy in Ukraine," Petro Poroshenko said.
earlier, we reported that Petro Poroshenko reiterated he would hold a referendum of federalization of Ukraine and the second state language.