The agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the status of correspondents of mass media of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Uzbekistan and correspondents of mass media of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Russian Federation
of May 6, 1998
The government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan which are hereinafter referred to as with the Parties
proceeding from need of creation of conditions for wide and free dissemination of information on social and political, economic and cultural life of two countries,
considering need of providing to journalists and other media men of legal protection and the best conditions for implementation of their professional activity,
being guided by provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966,
wishing to promote accomplishment of provisions of the Final act of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 1975 and the subsequent documents of OSCE concerning cooperation in the field of information and the humanitarian sphere
being effective according to article 4 of the Agreement on creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States of 1991 providing assistance to broad information exchange and need of the conclusion of agreements in the specified area of interaction other agreements reached within the CIS and on bilateral basis
agreed as follows:
1. For the purpose of this agreement:
1) the term "foreign correspondents" means correspondents of the mass media (the agencies, newspapers, magazines, other periodic printing editions, publishing houses, radio, television) registered in the Russian Federation who will be accredited in the Republic of Uzbekistan, and correspondents of the mass media registered in the Republic of Uzbekistan who will be accredited in the Russian Federation;
2) the term "state of accreditation" means the state in which the foreign correspondent is accredited.
2. As foreign correspondents citizens of the state of accreditation, and also citizens of the third states can be accredited.
The rights, obligations and responsibility of foreign correspondents in the state of accreditation are determined and regulated by the universally recognized norms of international law, the legislation of the state of accreditation and provisions of this agreement.
The parties through authorized bodies and the organizations within the national legal system in every possible way help that foreign correspondents obtained and distributed the objective information about political, social and economic and cultural life of the state of accreditation, respected the universally recognized norms of journalistic ethics.
The parties through authorized bodies and the organizations within the national legal system provide for foreign correspondents when implementing of the professional obligations by them open entry to official sources of information, and also observance of the right of foreign correspondents to confidentiality of source of information.
The parties through authorized bodies and the organizations promote creation and functioning in the countries of the press centers, and also provide that official press conferences and other similar actions for the national press were open for foreign correspondents.
Foreign correspondents on the basis of reciprocity taking into account requirements of the national legal system of the state of accreditation are granted the right of free movement and action in the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Uzbekistan, except for areas and objects for which visit the special procedure is established.
The parties through authorized bodies and the organizations provide observance of the rights of foreign correspondents to free transfer of the materials, radio - video and teleinformation without any censorship. If the correspondent is not accredited, the reference to it in mass media as on the accredited correspondent is not allowed.
The parties through authorized bodies and the organizations provide decision making about opening of offices of foreign mass media and accreditation of foreign correspondents in the terms which are not exceeding two months from the date of receipt of the address.
Accreditation of foreign correspondents and decision making about opening of offices of foreign mass media are performed by authorized bodies of the accrediting state according to rules of international law and regulations of the national legal system following from them.
The parties through authorized bodies and the organizations in case of need render assistance to constantly accredited foreign correspondents in acquisition of rooms for placement of correspondent offices, and also provide financial support in case of contingencies (natural disaster, accident, etc.). As for the questions connected with housing, foreign correspondents and their families can, or through the representatives to resolve these problems.
Relevant organs and the organizations of the Parties will abstain from acceptance of rationing arrangements concerning foreign correspondents, except as specified violations of the legislation of the state of accreditation by them or provisions of this agreement.
The parties periodically consider the course of accomplishment of this agreement.
The questions connected with interpretation and application of this agreement will be solved authorized bodies of the Parties by negotiations and consultations.
This agreement becomes effective from the date of its signing.
The agreement is signed for a period of five years and every time will be prolonged for the subsequent five-year periods automatically until one of the Parties does not send to other Party in six months prior to the end of the corresponding period the written notice of the intention to stop its action.
It is made in Moscow on May 6, 1998 in duplicate, everyone in the Russian and Uzbek languages, and both texts are equally authoritative.
For the Government of the Russian Federation O. Sysuyev
For the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan B. Hamidov
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