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of July 2, 1992 No. 938-XII

About mass media

(as amended on 09-08-2023)

This Law determines general legal, economic and social basis of the organization of messages through mass media.

The law is directed to free functioning of mass media, governs their relations with state bodies, public associations, the companies, the organizations and citizens.

Chapter I. General provisions

Article 1. Mass media

Newspapers, logs, appendices to them, the almanacs, books, bulletins, one-time editions intended for public distribution, having the permanent name, and also teleradio channels film and videostudios, the audiovisual records and programs released by state bodies, news agencies, political, public and other organizations, individuals belong to mass media.

Censorship of mass media is not allowed.

Products of mass media are understood as the circulation or part of circulation of separate number of the periodic printing edition, separate release of TV channel, radio channel, radio program, TV program, the film chronicle program, circulation or part of circulation audio-or videos of the program, separate release of other mass media.

Distribution of products of mass media is understood as sale, subscription, delivery, distribution of the periodic printing edition, audio-or videos of the program, broadcasting of TV channel, radio channel (television broadcasting, broadcasting), broadcasting of TV program, radio program as a part of respectively TV channel, radio channel, demonstration of the film chronicle program, different ways of distribution.

Any physical person or legal entity under the agreement with edition, its authorized person, the publisher or on other legal causes can be the distributor of products of mass media in addition to edition.

Article 2. Bodies of mass media

Mass media are represented by its bodies and citizens conducting public distribution of messages.

Bodies of mass media are the legal entities who are acting on the basis of the charter.

Article 3. Production economic activity of mass media

Activities of mass media are performed for the realization account of their products and other paid services, and also at the expense of means of the founders, sponsors and other receipts which are not prohibited by the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.

It is forbidden to receive money and other property for the purpose of financing of mass media from anonymous sources.

Article 4. Legislation on mass media

The relations connected with activities of mass media are regulated by this law, other legal acts of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Chapter II. Organization of activities of mass media

Article 5. Right to organization of mass media

The right to organization of mass media belongs to physical persons and legal entities of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Mass media of the teleradio organization can be founded and perform the activities only in case of accessory to the citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic and (or) legal entities who do not have foreign participation at least 65 percent of shares (shares) in the authorized capital of the legal entity - the owner of the mass media performing TV and radio broadcasting.

Cannot act as founders:

- the citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic who did not reach eighteen-year age or serving sentence in places of detention according to the court verdict, or recognized by court incapacitated;

- legal entities whose activities are prohibited by court according to the law.

Mass media can be created by both the one, and several founders meeting the requirements established by this Article.

The organization is not allowed by state bodies of mass media together with legal entities and citizens, except as specified, stipulated by the legislation the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 6. Registration of mass media

State registration (re-registration) and registration of the termination of activities of mass media (further - registration) are performed within 10 working days by means of entering into the state register of mass media of data on creation, re-registration and the termination of activities of mass media.

Registration procedure of mass media is determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Distribution of mass media is allowed after its registration.

Unreasonable failure in registration of mass media or its delay can be appealed according to the legislation on administrative activities and ministerial procedures.

Article 7.

Voided according to the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic of 22.05.2018 No. 53

Article 8. Suspension or termination of activities of mass media

Suspension or the termination of activities of mass media is possible according to the decision of the founder or court in case of violation of requirements of this law.

Article 9. Procedure for appeal of the decision on suspension and termination of activities of mass media

The decision on suspension or the termination of activities of mass media can be appealed in court in the procedure established by the law.

Article 10. Output data

Each release of the periodic printing edition shall contain all output data: the name of the edition, the founder, surname and the editor's initials, sequence number of release, date of output and time of signing in seal, frequency, index, circulation, the price, addresses of the editorial office, publishing houses and typographies.

For other types of mass media the same data appear in the corresponding form.

Article 11. Control and obligatory copies

Complimentary control copies of periodic printing editions go to the State book chamber under authorized state body, National library of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Central Public Records Office of the Kyrgyz Republic, to the founder, and also to organizations and the organizations according to the list approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic, the founder and edition (respectively). Materials of telebroadcasts are transferred on the state storage to the Central Public Records Office of film photophonodocuments of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 12.

Voided according to the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic of 22.02.2013 No. 29

Article 13. Permission to distribution of mass information

Distribution of mass information is allowed only after the corresponding permission of the responsible person of body of mass media.

Suspension or prohibition of distribution of products of mass media is allowed exclusively by a court decision.

Article 14. Official reports

The mass media founded by state governing bodies shall give official information of these bodies free of charge.


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