Police want to cancel journalist ID
The Ministry of Internal Affairs supports the introduction of a unified national press card.
This was announced during a roundtable by the deputy head of the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Serghiy Burlakov.
"The Ministry definitely supports the idea of introducing single press card, as it will greatly facilitate the identification of journalists and instantly remove many problematic issues that currently exist," - he said.
According to Burlakov, without cancelling journalistic certificates issued by the media, it makes no sense to introduce an additional single press card.
He noted that one of the key problems that the police face is either issuing editorial certificates to people that do not actually work as journalists, or issuance of certificates of non-existent or unregistered publications.
"The single press card will solve this problem primarily. Of course, there is the question of criteria, which this card will be issued by. Personally, I like the French model - where a press card is issued to officially registered media workers and those who receive from journalistic activity more than 50% of income"- added Burlakov.
He noted that in order to have the system functioning, in addition to the introduction of press-card, the legislation should be amended. In particular, to equate the online edition to the media, to cancel editorial license, to make regulations regarding the single press card, the conditions of its issuance.
At the same time, the executive director of the Institute of Mass Information Victoria Syumar noted that the changes should be introduced gradually and on the first stages of the indroduction of single press card, accreditation should be effective too.
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