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Government adopts bill on changes in the sphere of information and communications

by May 30, 2017 Legal

The Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev adopted the bill On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Information and Communications.

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

The bill provides for norms aimed at ensuring the rights of citizens in the information sphere. In particular, concerning the implementation of rights to refute information by improving the procedure for pre-trial resolution of disputes. Access to information for persons with disabilities will also be improved through the wide use of subtitles and sign language. In addition, a list of grounds is established under which the media can use an image of a person without the consent of the citizen.

There are also provisions for the protection of children in the information space. In particular, the following changes are proposed: the requirement for secondary schools to provide adapted Internet content, limiting the use of images and personal data of a child who has suffered as a result of unlawful acts without the consent of the child or his legal representatives.

The bill includes norms excluding 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 information by media on their oral and written requests.

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

It is also planned to adopt a number of norms in the areas of communication and information, among which is the provision to mobile operators of the right to share allocated radio-frequency spectra.

Regulation of information systems, increasing the level of security of information facilities of the E-gov, improving state regulation and control over the activities of telecom operators that exchange traffic with foreign operators and so on.

The Minister stressed that the discussion and work on the bill was carried out within the framework 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. Of the more than 200 proposals received during the development of this bill, 70% were taken into account and reflected in the document.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan