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Culture Minister to present project of amendments to Kazakhstan mass media law at OSCE session

Astana. July 16. Kazakhstan Today - The Minister of Culture and Information of Kazakhstan Yermukhamet Yertysbayev will present the project of amendments to the Kazakhstan law on mass media at the OSCE session on July 25-26, 2007 in Vienna. The Culture Minister informed on Friday during the seminar concerning coverage of election processes, the agency reports. "I will present the amendments liberalizing the Kazakhstan legislation in the field of regulation of mass media activity during the OSCE session on July 25-26," Y. Yertysbayev said. "I hope that in September - October of 2007 the new Parliament will approve these liberal amendments," the Minister added. Earlier, the Minister of Culture and Information suggested to speed up the work on introducing amendments to the law on mass media and to accept them up to the middle of July. "The group of deputies has put forward the alternative law but as Majilis has been dissolved and the Senate continues its work up to the middle of July, it is necessary to try to do the utmost to introduce the amendments to the law on mass media till July," Y. Yertysbayev stated at the round table The society. The state. Mass media: from the right of priorities to the priority of rights taken place on June 28, 2007. At the same time a number of representatives of the civil society, in particular, the president of the international fund of protection of freedom of speech Adil Soz Tamara Kaleeva and the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Freedom of Speech Guljan Yergaliyeva opposed Y. Yertysbayev's proposal and expressed opinion that haste in acceptance of amendments to the law on mass media can do much harm.

Resourse: Kazakhstan Today

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