Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dec. 7
By Diana Aliyeva – Trend:
It is planned to simplify the process of considering applications for registration for media outlets in Uzbekistan, as well as improve procedure for registration of news websites.
This should be provided by the law “On Amendments and Additions to the “Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Mass Media”, the draft of which was considered in the first reading by deputies of the lower chamber of the country’s parliament.
The adoption of the law will help create legal, economic and organizational conditions that ensure freedom of activity, access to information, and protection of the media from unlawful decisions of state bodies, actions or inaction of their officials, said the message of the parliament.
In addition, legal mechanisms will be established for providing state support to journalists and creative groups through privileges and preferences for taxes and other mandatory payments, financial and social assistance.
Particular attention is paid to strengthening the material and technical base, as well as retraining and upgrading the skills of editorial staff.
Another draft law under discussion is the bill “On Amendments and Additions to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan” On the Protection of Professional Activities of Journalists.”
As noted by the deputies, the draft law is aimed at increasing the authority of journalists in the field of ensuring the transparency of state bodies, as well as in covering topical issues of great public interest.
Representatives of the media will be granted additional rights in implementation of professional journalistic activities.