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  • Taras Kremin: From January 16, the printed press must be published in the state language

    On January 16, 2022, Article 25 of the Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as the State Language" designed to regulate the use of the state language in the field of print media comes into force.

    From this day on, the print media of the national and regional spheres of distribution in Ukraine are published in the state language. According to the law, the print media may be published in languages other than the state language, provided that the circulation of the publication in a foreign language is published in the state language at the same time as the relevant edition. All language versions must be published under the same name, correspond to each other in content, volume and method of printing, and their issues must have the same serial numbering and be published in same day.

    “We have warned all print media outlets of the national and regional level about this norm of the Law. As part of the outreach campaign, last year we addressed letters to the founders of all media outlets, which according to the Book Chamber were published only in Russian, and separately to the heads of major publications, entities that distribute print media, including to the management of JSC Ukrposhta. I hope that there will be no surprises and that everyone will strictly abide by the law and, most importantly, ensure the right of citizens to receive information and services in the state language,” said Taras Kremin, Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language.

    According to the Book Chamber of Ukraine in 2021, all-Ukrainian and regional outlets, which in 2021 were published in a non-state language and did not have a Ukrainian-language version, comprised 217 newspapers and 107 titles of magazines.