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OSCE Offers Amendments To Kazakhstan’s Draft Media Law

Vienna, 28 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has proposed some amendments to the draft media law being studied in Kazakhstan.

OSCE's commissioner for the media, Miklos Haraszti, said in Vienna he has sent a legal review of the draft law to the Kazakh Parliament and the Congress of Journalists. It offers recommendations on how to improve the law.

Haraszti said he believes the new law can help improve media freedom in Kazakhstan and provide for better protection of journalists rights.

He stressed the importance of a society being able to participate in the discussion on new laws. Haraszti said OSCE's goal was to have an all-inclusive and transparent debate that will help liberalize the Kazakh media and ensure its pluralism.

The official said he intends to visit Kazakhstan next month to meet senior government officials. He will also open the Seventh Central Asian Media Conference, which will bring together journalists from across the region.

(RFE/RL correspondent)

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