Lack of legal environment in the media sector acknowledged

October 09 10:36 2013 Print This Article

The second National Session of Press Media Managing Officials discussed “Free Journalism Legal Environment” at the Government Palace on October 4. On the initiative of the Press Institute of Mongolia, the session was organized by the Union of Mongolian Journalists, Association of Daily Newspapers, Association of Television Channels, and the Radio and Television Academy.

The session mainly discussed the alarming problems facing Mongolian journalism, the legal environment in media, and economic support of the journalism sector. Delegates of both governmental and non-governmental organizations attended the session and exchanged thoughts about press sector issues.

The primary goal of participants and officials was to find a solution and form a proper media legal environment with comprehensive law. A draft bill on freedom of the press has recently been submitted to Parliament.

Member of the Parliament M.Batchimeg delivered a speech on “Ensuring the Independence of the Newsroom with Press Freedom Law” during the session and said, “Whether a law on freedom the press will be adopted or not depends greatly on the will of people sitting in this hall. The reason that it hasn’t been adopted yet is that journalists themselves had doubts about the law. Therefore all journalists should discuss the law together, determine its responsibility mechanisms and form a consensus opinion towards the adoption of the law, as journalists serve an important role in the future of the country.”

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