08ASTANA824, KAZAKHSTAN – FORWARD MOVEMENT ON AMENDING MEDIA

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08ASTANA824 2008-04-25 10:45 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

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RUEHPW RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHTA #0824 1161045
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 251045Z APR 08 ZEL
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2309
INFO RUCNOSC/OSCE POST COLLECTIVE
RUCNCLS/SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS ASTANA 000824 
 
SIPDIS 
 
C O R R E C T E D  C O P Y (SECSTATE PASS INSTRUCTIONS) 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
SECSTATE PLEASE PASS TO SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA COLLECTIVE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PHUM KDEM OSCE KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN - FORWARD MOVEMENT ON AMENDING MEDIA 
LEGISLATION 
 
REF: ASTANA 0613 (NOTAL) 
 
1. (SBU) Pol-Econ Chief met on April 24 with Anastasiya 
Shchegortsova, head of the Information and Culture Ministry's 
Strategic Planning Department, and Bogatoz Kaipova, from the 
Presidential Administration's Domestic Policy Department, to 
discuss Kazakhstan's Madrid commitment to amend the country's 
media legislation by the end of 2008. 
 
2. (SBU) Shchegortsova and Kaipova confirmed to Pol-Econ 
Chief that the Information and Culture Ministry was moving 
forward in establishing a working group on media legislation 
amendments, as Minister Yertysbayev had agreed to do during a 
February 25 meeting with the OSCE (see reftel).  They 
explained that the first working group meeting would be held 
in Astana on May 12.  In addition to the Information and 
Culture Ministry, government participants would include the 
Justice Ministry, Procurator General's Office, and the 
Economy and Budget Planning Ministry.  Shchegortsova and 
Kaipova said that key NGO's in the media field had agreed to 
participate, including Adil Soz, Internews, the Club of 
Editors-in-Chief, the National Association of Broadcasters, 
and the Congress of Journalists -- which had proposed its own 
package of media legislation amendments in 2007.  (Note:  We 
subsequently confirmed with Adil Soz that they had been 
contacted by the Information and Culture Ministry requesting 
the name of their working group participant, though Adil Soz 
had not yet received a formal invitation to the May 12 
meeting.  End Note.) 
 
3. (SBU) Pol-Econ Chief noted that addressing the fundamental 
issues -- including media registration requirements as well 
as decriminalization of libel -- would require not only 
amendments to the law on mass media, but also amendments to 
the criminal and civil codes.  Shchegortsova and Kaipova 
explained that the aim of the working group would be to 
develop a package of amendments to all media-related 
legislation.  They also stressed that while the OSCE would 
not be participating directly in the working group, 
implementing the OSCE's recommendations would be the crux of 
its work.   The Information and Culture Ministry had already 
received a number of amendment proposals from various 
sources, which would be discussed by the working group, they 
added. 
 
4. (SBU) Shchegortsova and Kaipova could not provide details 
on a timeframe for completing a package of amendments.  The 
working group, they contended, would develop a schedule once 
it met.  Kaipova emphasized that while the Information and 
Culture Ministry has the lead on the media legislation 
amendments, the overall effort of implementing the Madrid 
commitments is being coordinated by the Presidential 
Administration's Domestic Policy Department. 
ORDWAY

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