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30.11.2023

The Mazhilis approved the bill on mass media in the first reading


Astana, November 30, House of the Mazhilis. Today, at a plenary meeting, Mazhilis deputies approved the bill «On Mass Media» in the first reading and adopted a number of other bills.

The draft law «On Mass Media» with its accompanying amendments was approved in the first reading. According to the Minister of Culture and Information Aida Balaeva, the bill was developed taking into account the interests of the state, society and the peculiarities of the development of the modern media industry.

– The main thing is that the bill will address issues of increasing the professional status of journalists and the effectiveness of state information policy while strictly observing freedom of speech, – noted the head of the Ministry of Information.

Zhanarbek Ashimzhanov, a member of the Committee on Socio-Cultural Development, said in a co-report, it is planned to establish a limitation period for media materials at 3 years and to reduce the period for consideration by government agencies of media requests from 7 to 5 working days. Also, on an annual basis, a National Report will be prepared on the observance of the rights and freedoms of journalists with an analysis, assessment of their situation and relevant recommendations. In addition, the issue of introducing a unified accreditation system for journalists is being considered.

– There are heated debates in the working group related to the concept of «press card», which gives the right to accreditation. Frankly speaking, this rule has not been worked out systematically by the Government and prevents journalists from working freely. For example, it is stipulated that a state body will issue press cards; 3 years of work experience is required to receive a «press card». Of course, a norm with such restrictions is not supported on our part, – the deputy shared.

The document also provides specific standards for developing content in the state language and increasing information security. Amendments are being introduced aimed at financial and material support for children's publications.

In addition, the Mazhilis adopted and sent a number of other bills to the Senate. These include parliamentary changes and additions to some legislative acts on education and mentoring. Chairman of the Committee on Social and Cultural Development Askhat Aimagambetov reported that the document provides for standards in three main areas. The first is ensuring the safety of children and protecting their rights.

– It is proposed to mandatory check the buildings of schools, kindergartens and colleges, which have been in operation for more than 30 years, for their breakdown status every 5 years. A requirement is established that window openings in high-rise buildings must be provided with special security mechanisms or locks. In addition, it will now be prohibited to build multi-storey residential buildings without taking into account the need for the construction of schools, kindergartens and hospitals – the Mazhilisman informed.

A new institution of mentoring is also being introduced by law, which will give orphans over 10 years of age raised in orphanages the opportunity to socialize and adapt to living conditions. Strict requirements are imposed on mentors , and standards for their control and responsibility are established. All relations between the orphanage, the education department and the mentor will be regulated by an agreement.

– The next direction is expanding the managerial freedom of educational organizations. Their managers are given the right to change the staffing table within the approved staffing levels. Colleges and schools have the right to independently dispose of income received from the paid activities of an educational institution for its development, – said Askhat Aimagambetov.

The third direction prohibits the transfer of public schools and colleges to private ownership. To reduce corruption risks, placing a child on a waiting list and providing him with a place in kindergarten, and hiring education workers will be carried out only within the framework of a unified information program.

The Mazhilismen also ratified the Agreement on cooperation in the field of sanitary protection of the territories of the CIS member states, signed on May 28, 2021 in Minsk. Health Minister Azhar Giniyat reported that the document provides for the creation of conditions that allow the parties to carry out the necessary measures for sanitary protection of the territories of the CIS countries in relation to diseases associated with emergencies and goods subject to sanitary and epidemiological control.

The parliamentary amendments on issues of the State Corporation passed the second reading. According to the Secretary of the Committee on Economic Reform and Regional Development Ekaterina Smyshlyaeva, from the first reading the law was supplemented with new norms.

– The institution of partner organizations and agreements is being introduced. Today, front offices in «Kazpost» branches are successfully operating in pilot mode in villages. Government services are available in banking applications. At the same time, only government agencies can provide them, and the reception and delivery of results can be carried out both independently and through partner organizations, – reported Ekaterina Smyshlyaeva.

Among the innovations is also the elimination of the obligation to undergo fingerprint registration by citizens of Kazakhstan when receiving documents. At the same time, fingerprinting is mandatory for foreign citizens. Other changes have also been made.

In addition, the Mazhilis agreed with the Senate amendments to the laws «On the Republican Budget for 2024-2026» and «On Amendments and Additions to the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan «On Taxes and Other Mandatory Payments to the Budget» (Tax Code) and the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan «On the Introduction into force of the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan «On taxes and other obligatory payments to the budget» (Tax Code)».

Relevant committees adopted a number of new bills. These include amendments on improving the construction sector and equity participation in housing construction, on issues of state statistics and data management, on science, as well as two ratification draft laws regarding the Treaty on the EAEU.

At the end of the plenary session , the Mazhilismen sent 17 parliamentary requests to the responsible government bodies on current social and economic issues. All of them are available on the official website and Telegram channel of the Mazhilis.

 

The full recording of the plenary session is available on the Mazhilis YouTube channel in two parts:

1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFTRsIcAlgA ;

2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQtJpT8RlZE .

 

Press service of the Mazhilis – 24-38-22. Photo by Zh. Zhumabekova, T. Tanybaeva


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