Although the new code does not bring major changes and establishes current laws concerning the media.
Tajik journalists want about 15 laws regulating information relations and the activities of journalists and mass media in the country to be collected in a separate code, the Information Code of the Republic of Tajikistan. The developers of the project prepared it for 2 years and discussed it among journalists.
The Information Code of Tajikistan consists of 2 parts, 15 chapters and 247 articles, does not notice major changes and contains only current laws concerning mass media.
He also noted that in the cities and districts of the region there is a great potential and ample opportunities for processing vegetables and fruits, as well as packaging dried fruits.
He said that some of the proposals in this code did not concern the import of sectoral laws, such as the law “on periodicals and other mass media” and the law “On Television and Radio broadcasting”, but the working group introduced them into the code.
“In some laws of mass media there are norms that contradict each other. The contradiction is considered in the norms of the law on access to information, on certain concepts, discrimination and the purpose of developing a Code to regulate all these laws and create a unified information system,” Karshiboev said.
3 or 30 days? What is the period of journalistic response?
The authors of the project, along with other problems of journalists, also considered the issue of a certain period of response of state bodies and responsible persons of other institutions to journalistic requests and appeals of citizens. According to Khamroev, in some laws, an appeal does not differ from a request. And the Code clearly states that appeals and informative requests differ from each other, and the response time is too different.
“The request for information provided by the media and the journalist must be satisfied in order to be answered within 3 days. Issues related to the appeal are regulated by other regimes,” our interlocutor said.
The draft Code also stipulates that the provisions of the law on financial support of institutions, regardless of ownership forms, should be improved.
“Another suggestion is that the inviolability of a journalist by virtue of his profession should be defined in the norm of the Code. In general, the code shed light on issues that still remain unsatisfactory, and if journalists try to implement the norms of the law, it will contribute to the development of modern media,” concludes this Tajik journalist.
”The problem is not a lack of law, there is non-compliance”
But some journalists believe that the solution to one of the main problems of journalists, television and radio broadcasting, as well as other mass media is not respected by the authorities.
They know the inviolability of a journalist, the transition to digital broadcasting, the elimination of monopolies and unhealthy competition in this work, the procedure for issuing and revoking accreditation of foreign journalists in Tajikistan due to serious problems in the industry, and their legal ways are still not clearly defined.
The well-known Tajik journalist Murat Mamadshoev believes that the problem in Tajik journalism and society as a whole is not that the laws are imperfect, but they are not observed.
But he says, of course, it is necessary to promote the processes of improving the legal framework, since journalistic activity regulates laws.
“It is important that these laws help the journalist to fulfill his mission of informing the public. We should have such a code to be the basis for a dispute with officials who do not want to give us information or criticize us for what they are doing. Therefore, we need an information code to combine the best practices of developed countries, eliminate contradictions in laws and become a mutually beneficial legal act for us,” Mamadshoev said.
After final consideration, the draft Code will be submitted to the Parliament. According to the Parliament’s plan, this code should be approved in the summer or autumn of 2022.
The information is taken from website www.nansmit.tj.