Removal of content on the Internet

February 9, 2012
February, 6 2012 Deputy of Ukraine Oleksandr Feldman registered in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine the Draft Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Telecommunications” (bill number 9795, to safeguard the rights of freedom of access and transmission of information on the Internet).

The bill proposes to add Art. 39 of the Law “On Telecommunications” part seven as follows:

“7. Removal of precisely identifiable Internet content or blocking access to it are allowed in court”

The appearance of the bill related to the adaptation of legislation of Ukraine to European standards, in particular the Council of Europe Declaration on Freedom of Communication on the Internet, which found that “Governments should not, through action of total blockage or filtration deprive the public access to information and other communications on the Internet, regardless of frontiers. This does not preclude the installation of filters to protect the rights of minors, particularly in places accessible to them, such as schools and libraries. In case of guaranteed compliance with the provisions of paragraph 2 of Article 10 of the Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the measures can be taken to ensure the removal of precisely identifiable Internet content or blocking access to it, if the competent national authorities received preliminary or final decision on its illegality.”