Head of the Kharkiv Regional Council Sergii Chernov in reply to journalists’ questions after completion of a plenary meeting of the extraordinary session of the Regional Council told about his attitude to possible introduction of criminal responsibility of journalists for libel.

«I have always been and remain an advocate of democratic norms and freedom of speech. I have never supported and will not support introduction of the so called extremes. In the society that has not passed a long path of democratic formation, consolidation of the state governed by the Law it is dangerous to secure such norms. Thanks to work of journalists people come to know something that cannot be heard from the authorities. And the authorities shall not be scared by this. Representatives of mass media shall understand their own responsibility. If there is no counterbalance, under the cover of journalists’ certificates one can say biased judgement about anybody. Unfortunately, such things happen. Balance shall be looked for, best world practice should be used», - Sergii Chernov believes.

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