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Tajikistan Adopts New Media Legislation
Source: en.trend.az
Source Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Focus: Information Access, Citizens’ Service Delivery
Country: Tajikistan
Created: Dec 17, 2012

The Deputies of the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan's lower chamber of the parliament) have endorsed a new bill on the periodical press and other mass media, Asia-Plus reported on Wednesday.

A regular sitting of the fourth session of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the fourth convocation, resided over by its head, Shukurjon Zuhurov, took place in Dushanbe on December 12.

MP Olim Salimzoda, who is one of authors of a new media law, said that a special working group comprising representatives of the parliament, the government, political parties and journalism community to work further on the country's media law. During more than two years, the working group held 18 meetings and the bill was submitted for consideration to the Majlisi Namoyandagon in March 2010.

"Under the new law, all media outlets in Tajikistan will be registered as legal entities and public agencies will have to answer journalist inquiries within three days," the parliamentarian noted.
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