05:30 31-10-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Proposed legal amendments in Kazakhstan threat to media freedom, says OSCE representative

Bishkek (AKIpress) - Dunja OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today expressed concern about recent developments in Kazakhstan’s legislation that might restrict media freedom and Internet access.“In recent weeks there have been a series of changes in Kazakhstan’s legislation that might result in undue restrictions of public debate in the media and access to the Internet. I call on the authorities to reconsider these changes,” Mijatović said.

On 2 April, the government approved new rules giving it greater control over what the media can report during a state of emergency. On 9 April, the parliament in a second reading approved the revision of the Criminal Code that contains a new article criminalizing the “dissemination of false information, which creates the danger of public order disturbance of or cause substantial harm to the rights and legitimate interests of citizens or organizations or legally protected interests of society or the state.” If committed through the mass media or online, penalties include prison sentences of up to five years.

Further, amendments to the law “On Communications” have passed the parliament and are now are pending the signature of the President. These amendments would allow the prosecutor to temporarily shut down websites and whole communication networks if they are used, for instance, to distribute information “harmful” to individuals, society and the state, or contains calls for “extremist” activities.

“The unclearly defined terms and harsh punishments would allow for a wide interpretation of the law under which the right of freedom of the media can be limited. This might result in self-censorship or undue control over media content by the authorities,” Mijatović said.

Mijatović urged the authorities to continue the dialogue with civil society and to take into account the recommendations of her office’s latest legal review commissioned last year.


Twitterfacebookprint
11:48 12.04.2014
LATEST NEWS
20:06 International donors pledge $3 billion for Aral Sea saving19:50 New electricity tariffs to become effective since January 2015 upon approval by general public – First Vice PM19:36 Small hydropower not developing in Kyrgyzstan due to long period of return of investments - Minister19:25 Power outage schedules to be approved by November, Kyrgyz government working on electricity import to avoid blackouts – Minister19:11 Construction of 14 apartment buildings for police officers planned in Kyrgyzstan19:04 Over 4,000 foreigners and stateless persons acquire citizenship of Kyrgyzstan in 201418:24 Kyrgyz government to continue legal proceedings against Latvian banker who won $16.5 million claim against it18:02 Kyrgyzstan should provide 425 villages with drinking water for 10 years – First Vice PM17:59 World Bank extends credits for over $400 million to Uzbekistan for irrigation17:53 Sweden the first EU member to recognize state of Palestine17:46 Kyrgyz government hands over equipment to rural water users associations to improve water supply17:35 Kazakhstan ready to cooperate with Russia in tightening control over transit of food products – National Economy Ministry17:24 Foreign Ministry's Envoy, Head of OSCE Field Office discuss cooperation plan for 2015, new projects in border areas17:16 7.5 billion som required annually for normal functioning of Interior Ministry – official16:39 Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment deal16:36 Around 400 Turkish companies active in Kyrgyzstan16:35 Almaty might become center of Islamic finance within Eurasian Economic Union - Kazakh Central Bank chief16:35 India's experience with current system of parliamentarism important for Kyrgyzstan – Central Election Commission Chairman16:31 Gold and foreign currency reserves of Kyrgyzstan grow 7.5 times over 12 years16:25 Electric Stations JSC obtains $30 million loan from Eurasian Development Bank for fuel procurement, lacks $55 million more
Astana
+2° C
Ashgabat
+15° C
Bishkek
+8° C
Dushanbe
+17° C
Tashkent
+13° C
exchange rates
 
72.95
57.33
9.20
1.34
227.08
180.87
29.58
4.17
6.27
5.00
0.82
0.12
3084.28
2367.40
385.74
61.13
3.59
2.85
0.47
0.07

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75