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Government adopts a bill on amendments in the sphere of information and communications

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by May 30, 2017 Health

Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev reported that the document is aimed at ensuring the legal regulation of public relations in the media, television and radio broadcasting, information and communication. The bill contains about 250 amendments and provides for the introduction of changes and amendments to the 4 codes and 12 laws.

The draft law provides for norms aimed at ensuring the rights of citizens in the information sphere. In particular, on the implementation of rights to deny information by improving the procedure of pre-trial disputes resolution. Access to information for people with disabilities will also be provided through the wide use of subtitles and sign language. In addition, a list of reasons is being established, under which the media can use the image of a person without the consent.

The bill also provides norms for the protection of children in the information space. In particular, such changes are proposed as the requirement for secondary schools to provide adapted Internet content, limiting the use of images and personal data of a child suffered as a result of unlawful acts without the consent of the child or his legal representatives.

The bill includes norms that exclude administrative sanctions in the form of suspension of media activities and confiscation of circulation for minor violations. In order to improve interaction between the state and the media, it is planned to introduce the concept of “official communication”, to regulate the process of providing media information on their oral and written requests.

In addition, changes are planned in the part of further development of the domestic television market. They include a review of the legislation that regulates the mandatory amounts of domestic television production.

In the areas of communication and information, it is also planned to adopt a number of norms, among which there are provision to mobile operators of the right to share the allocated radio-frequency spectra, regulation of information systems, increasing the level of security of informational support objects of “electronic government”, improving state regulation and control over the activities of communication operators that exchange traffic with foreign operators and so on.

The Minister stressed that the discussion and work on the bill was carried out in conditions of full openness and transparency. To this end, a working group was created, which included representatives of well-known NGOs, as well as the journalistic community, branch organizations, the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs and members of Parliament. Out of more than 200 proposals received during the drafting process, 70% were taken into account and reflected in the document.

Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

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