OSCE to help Turkmenistan to draft new law on mass media
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Apr. 18 /Trend H. Hasanov/
Legal mechanisms to promote media freedom through modern communication and multimedia technologies were discussed during an OSCE-organized meeting that concluded in Ashgabat, said in press-release of organization.
The four-day event organized by the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, in co-operation with the Parliament (Mejlis) and the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan, brought together members of the working group engaged in drafting of a new law on mass media.
"The working group, in line with the Government's declared commitment to further develop the information society, has an important task to draft a new law that would provide a legislative framework for the development of free media while taking advantage of new technologies," said Ambassador Sergei Belyaev, the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.
"This meeting is another important step in the co-operation between the OSCE and Turkmenistan on modernizing the media legislation. The OSCE stands ready to continue this co-operation successfully initiated in 2011 and provide expert advice in the process of drafting the law on media".
The meeting participants and an international expert discussed freedom of the media in the digital age, main characteristics of the information society and international standards of Internet governance, as well as Internet regulations and electronic journalism ethics, online media registration procedures and the rights and responsibilities of online media editors.