High Media Council and Mass Media Commission
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Head of Mass Media Commission and High Media Council:
In compliance with article 42 of the Media Public Affairs law, Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) decided to dissolve the media complaint commission, which will be no longer eligible. The ministry determined to establish the Mass Media Commission after consultation with media outlets, journalists and legal advisors.
The Mass Media Law were passed by parliament and approved by the president in 2009. It includes provisions for an improved complaints process via a Mass Media Commission (MMC), staffed by 7 persons with journalistic qualifications for periods of 2 to 3 years. It revealed that the method of work and activities of the commission shall be regulated by separate bylaw.
Article 43 states that the Commission shall have the duty and authority to review application for print media and online media and proposing their registration and issuance of license to Ministry of Information and Culture, monitor the activities of the mass media, review the complaints by the mass media and solve their legal disputes, refer mass media violations with criminal nature to justice institutions, provide technical consultations to the officials of mass media, supervise the financial, administrative and broadcasting affairs of the National Radio TV, scrutinize annual budget of the State-owned radio (RTA) and submit annual report to the High Media Council.
The law also includes a High Media Council to which the commission should report, neither of these bodies was functioning by May 4, 2015. Instead, a Media Violations Investigation Commission, focused mainly on complaints by officials against journalists, continued to function. (20150506)