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How will the draft amendments to the rules of media accreditation – Dauren Abaev

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Dauren Abayev, the Minister of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, said that the changes to the rules of accreditation of press workers will be changed, ortcom.kz reports with reference to the MIA “Kazinform”.

I would like to say a few words about the issue under our ministry’s supervision. We are talking about amendments to the rules of accreditation of press workers, which have caused serious debate in the professional environment. I note that in the current situation we did not close anyone, did not protect ourselves with a wall from the journalistic workshop, on the contrary, we find a constructive dialogue – the only acceptable tool for improving the proposed amendments, said Dauren Abaev in an interview with the Open Dialogue TV Channel Khabar.

The minister said that on this issue meetings were held with activists who were completely open, during which there were discussions, debates and suggestions were made.

After reviewing the minutes of these events, we came up with the following: firstly, to exclude from the draft amendments a paragraph about the written consent of the journalist about compliance with the accrediting organization’s internal regulations and regulations established by the moderator;

Secondly, to exclude the clause on the obligation to provide a copy of documents confirming the existence of contractual relations with the media. In fact, this is one of the most controversial points in the draft amendments, we exclude them, said Dauren Abaev.

At the same time, the head of the MIOR added that it would be wrong to dwell only on the abolition of the most unpopular norms. Discussions have shown that the accreditation procedure needs serious updating. We received many proposals from representatives of the industry, primarily aimed at including clauses on the rights of journalists and the duties of the accrediting party. Soon a new draft of amendments to the rules will be developed, taking into account all the comments. The document will be available on the open government portal and submitted for public discussion, concluded Dauren Abaev.

Source: Central Communications Service of the Ministry of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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