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CEC proposes law on online media

The Central Election Commission proposes to adopt a law on online media. The member of the Central Election Commission Kairat Osmonaliev informed 24.kg news agency. MPs Dastan Bekeshev, Almambet Shykmamatov, Mirlan Zheenchoroyev, Ainuru Altybaeva also came forward with a similar initiative.

Members of the Parliament intend to amend the constitutional law «On the election of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic and deputies of the Parliament» concerning online media.

Kairat Osmonaliev believes that it is necessary to do this, and on the basis of the adopted changes to regulate relations between the CEC and the online media.

«Such a law is needed. And do not be afraid that we will use it as an instrument of pressure on the electronic media to please one or another candidate. But the status of Internet media should be determined," Kairat Osmonaliev said.

Earlier, the Central Election Commission and online media which are not the media by law signed a memorandum of cooperation. Agitation on Internet portals is based on it. The CEC noted that in such cases, political parties or candidates for deputies could place campaign materials on a paid basis legally.

Now it is proposed to introduce the concept of «Internet» and «Online media» in the Law «On Elections of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic and Deputies of the Parliament». A resource that has a number of visits exceeding 500 unique visitors per day or 1,000 of unique visits per month is considered to be online media.

The authors also explain the term «unique visitor» or visitor with a unique IP address. This is a non-repeating user, possessing unique characteristics, who visits the Internet publication for a certain period of time.

According to one of the initiators, member of the Ata Meken faction, Almambet Shykmamatov, there is no threat to existing information agencies.

«Innovations can only affect newcomers. There is always a huge number of sites before the elections, and then they disappear. In order to regulate the order of placement of the campaign materials and their work with the CEC, we are making these changes to the law and terminology. But this does not mean that the CEC reserves the right not to register this or that resource for participation in the election campaign of candidates for presidency," Almambet Shykmamatov explained.

If the Internet edition does not get 500 unique visitors per day or a thousand unique users per month, it simply will not be included in the register of media, which sign a memorandum with the CEC. They will not be registered by law, and not by the whims of the CEC members.

Almambet Shykmamatov