MIP: Algorithm on Odesa Oblast to Strengthen Information Security "Worked Out"
On 11-12 September 2017, a field meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy on immediate action aimed at strengthening information security in borderline areas of Ukraine was held in Odesa Oblast.
The meeting was attended by Artem Bidenko, State Secretary of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
Among the issues discussed were the ensuring of appropriate coverage of borderline areas of Odesa Oblast by the terrestrial analogue and digital signal of Ukrainian television and radio channels, and the securing of it being received effectively.
The Head of the Committee, Victoria Siumar, said that “[t]he results of the trip have led to the algorithm being worked out as to the coverage of the region’s ‘white spots’ and the provision of Ukrainian content for the information space.
“We are going to start bringing the algorithm into life in Kyiv as early as tomorrow.”
Artem Bidenko noted that “[b]y cooperating with the Committee and the leadership of the region we will achieve good results. MIP is going to submit all urgent matters following up the visit and the respective monitoring to the Commission on Broadcasting Renewal.”
As a result of the visit, meetings were held at the Odesa oblast administration and at the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Rozdilna and Kiliya raion administrations, with the plan drafted on making Ukrainian broadcasting available.
Also, there was a meeting with the oblast’s governor, Maksym Stepanov.
His position is strikingly clear: “Ukrainian broadcasting must be throughout the oblast. In a year we will forget such a problem ever existed.”
The delegation also visited a number of localities where residents have long been deprived of the possibility to receive Ukrainian broadcasters, including Kiliya, Kodyma, Rozdilna, Lymanske, and some others.
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