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Lawsuits against media. Authors of information should be defendants

Authors of the information, not journalists should be defendants in court proceedings against the media. The lawyer of Media Policy Institute Altynay Isaeva told today at a round table discussion.

According to her, Kyrgyz legislation obliges to check the reliability of information. Media are exempted from responsibility when they reproduce the respondent’s words word for word.

In the case of lawsuits filed in Kyrgyzstan against the media, the defendants should be authors of information, not journalists.

Altynay Isaeva

«News should be relevant. If they are not disseminated timely, the media will not fulfill their role. The public will not be interested in receiving such information," Altynay Isaeva said.

She added that the law provides for the right to reply and the right to refute. The media should not bear the financial responsibility for the quoted statements.

Recall, the Prosecutor General’s Office filed lawsuits against Azattyk and Zanoza.kg for 26 million soms. SDPK intends to collect 1 million soms from 24.kg news agency.