Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Jan. 29 / Trend D.Azizov /
A commission was established in Uzbekistan to develop a law to reform the field of information and freedom of speech upon the President Islam Karimov's special decree, a source in the Uzbek government reported.
The Commission will set up special expert groups, which should focus on drafting new legal instruments. Then the commission will review the expert groups' projects and submit them to the relevant ministries and other organizations for concordance. Following the Commission's approval, the projects will be submitted for consideration to the Presidential Administration and the Cabinet of Ministers for the adoption and subsequent submission to the lower house of the Parliament.
In November 2010, Karimov proposed the concept of deepening democratic reforms and formation of civil society. In his speech at the parliamentary meeting, Karimov noted that today Uzbekistan requires solutions to problematic issues such as the elimination of the economic controls over the media and closedness of information sources, as well as the government and administrative structures' pressure on the editorial offices.
President Karimov proposed to adopt laws "On the openness of activity of the state authorities and administration", "On Broadcasting", "On economic fundamentals of the media", "On guarantees of state support for mass media," as well as to improve the laws" On Mass Media "," On principles and guarantees of freedom of information " and " On Telecommunications ".
Based on the Uzbek Press and Information Agency's data, about 1,200 media outlets, including 124 Web sites, functioning as e-publications, operate in the country.