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Statement of International Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech Adil Soz and Internews-Kazakhstan regarding Media Draft Law

International Public Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech Adil Soz and Kazakhstani non-government organization Internews-Kazakhstan announced their disengagement from Mazhilis of the Parliament’s working group for consideration of the Media draft Law.

The above was declared to journalists by representatives on these organizations during a press-conference in Almaty on December 9.

In particular, in the statement that was distributed during the press-conference, it is declared, although due to the efforts of public journalists’ organizations and some deputies of Mazhilis of the Parliament it was made certain shifts to democratization of the governmental draft law, at the same time, a range of AdilSoz Foundation and Internews-Kazakhstan amendments of fundamental importance were rejected.

‘Finally a document, which is going to be submitted to Mazhilis of the Parliament contradicts to the Treaty on citizen’s and political rights and essentially limits the legal frames of the freedom of speech and media business in Kazakhstan. It is aimed to fix three problems: to regulate the freedom of speech itself, receiving/distributing information and mass media activities. These issues cannot be solved in one law, that is why the draft law has an ideological slant’ – says the joint statement of the International Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech Adil Soz and Internews-Kazakhstan.

International Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech Adil Soz and Internews-Kazakhstan called the Mazhilis of the Parliament to reject the Media draft law submitted for consideration as ‘conceptually fallacious’. ‘Work on improvement of the informational legislation should be started with development of the concept and its public discussion. It is necessary to have independent laws on the right of citizens to freedom of speech, on the right of citizens to receive and distribute information and Media law aimed to define the legal machinery of media creation and activities’ – the statement says.

Please, find enclosed the full version of the Statement

December 9, 2003. Internews-Adilsoz

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