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New language law in Ukraine discriminates against the Russian language and Russian-speaking population

Summary of Disinformation

The aim of the law is not to strengthen the functioning of the Ukrainian language or to protect it as the only state language, but to discriminate against Russian and the languages of national minorities.

People will be deprived of the right to speak the language they are used to by a punitive law.


112 TV Channel, www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPqbkkfddiU
Below are the archived publication/media links from 112 TV Channel. 112 TV Channel, web.archive.org/web/20190313163014/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPqbkkfddiU,
Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and discrimination against Russian speakers.

The new language law  (The Law on the Functioning of Ukrainian as a State Language) is still in a draft phase. The draft says that Ukrainian is the only state language and defines the spheres of life where Ukrainian is necessary. Yet, it specifically says that people are free to choose what language they want to speak. The draft law, inter alia, proposes that any language, other than Ukrainian, can be used in schools, hospitals, other cultural and social institutions. It also says that along with Ukrainian, media outlets and Internet websites can use other languages, nevertheless, priority is given to Ukrainian.

The law does not define what language is to be used in private conversations.

Previous debunk on this case is here.

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Reported in: Issue 141
Date: 12.03.2019
Language: Russian Ukrainian
Country: Ukraine
Keywords: Ukraine, Russian language
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: 112 TV Channel @ 0:46-1:07 and 1:15-1:34
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