On April 24, 1997 No. 400-I
About guarantees and freedom of information access
This Law governs the relations arising in implementation process of constitutional right of everyone freely and to freely look for, receive, research, to transfer and distribute information.
The legislation on guarantees and freedom of information access consists of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, this Law and other acts of the legislation.
The relations in the field of guarantees and freedom of information access in the Republic of Karakalpakstan are regulated as well by the legislation of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.
The right of access to information is guaranteed to each citizen.
The state protects the rights of everyone to search, obtaining, research, transfer and distribution of information.
The basic principles of freedom of information access is publicity, general availability, openness and accuracy of the information.
Everyone has the right directly or through the legal representatives to make inquiry for receipt of information.
The request for receipt of information can be expressed in oral, written form, including electronically through information system.
The written request contains surname, name, middle name and the address addressed, the name of the queried information or its nature.
In the written request the e-mail address of addressed can be specified. Instruction in the written request of the e-mail address is the consent of the reply to the request which addressed on obtaining electronically through information system.
Written requests including inquiries sent the electronic document are subject to registration.
Reply to the request shall be given in perhaps short term, but no later than fifteen days from the date of receipt of request if other is not established by the legislation.
The answer to oral request, whenever possible, shall be given without delay.
If the body or the official have no the queried information, they shall no more than seven days from the date of receipt of request in time report about it addressed, and also, whenever possible, report it the name of body or the official having such information.
State bodies, self-government institutions of citizens, public associations, the companies, organizations, the organizations and officials shall provide everyone access to acts of the legislation, and also the documents, decisions and other materials affecting its rights and legitimate interests. The information access is provided by publication and distribution of acts of the legislation and the corresponding materials.
Information on request affecting the rights and legitimate interests of addressed is provided free of charge.
For provision of other information the payment by agreement of the parties can be levied.
State bodies, self-government institutions of citizens, public associations, the companies, organizations, the organizations and officials cannot provide information containing state or other secret protected by the law.
Mass media have no right to disclose source of information or the author who subscribed under alias without their consent. The source of information or name of the author can be opened only by a court decision.
Mass media shall check reliability of the published information and bear together with information source responsibility for its reliability according to the procedure, established by the legislation.
The action or failure to act of state bodies, self-government institutions of citizens, public associations, companies, organizations, organizations and officials infringing the rights of citizens to receipt of information can be appealed in court.
Persons guilty of violation of the right to information bear responsibility according to the legislation.
If the international treaty of the Republic of Uzbekistan establishes other rules, than those which are provided in this Law then are applied rules of the international treaty.
Republic of Uzbekistan I. Karimov
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