The Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On the Mass Media” was adopted on July 7, 1992 and put into effect by a resolution of the Supreme Council of the Kyrgyz Republic. It played an undeniable role in the development of the press and television and radio broadcasting at the stage of the formation of national legislation on the media. For a long time, the law corresponded to the realities of the time and was convenient for all stakeholders. Nowadays, many norms of the law require fundamental changes, it has inaccuracies, gaps and contradictions. Media experts, lawyers and mass media representatives themselves noted the imperfection of legislative norms. Media circles often discussed whether the law should be improved. There were supporters of such transformations, as well as opponents, who, after all, turned out to be the majority. There have even been several unsuccessful attempts by the Members of the Parliament and officials to include the Internet in the definition of media. Subsequently, several other laws and regulations were adopted to supplement the Law “On the Mass Media”, including those related to the technical side of television and radio broadcasting, obtaining licenses, etc. The law on the media existed until today almost unchanged, with the exception of a few amendments.
See the Legal Analysis of the Law “On Mass Media” carried out by Media Policy Institute within the frames of the Media Dialogue project.