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ʿAmuda: PYD publishes draft for a media law

KurdWatch, December 28, 2015—On December 21, 2015, the legislative council of the interim administration in the canton of Jazirah, appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), published a draft media law. The draft law would enable extensive control of the print media, digital media, audio media and audiovisual media in Jazirah. The establishment of a »media council« is planned that would have far-reaching authority. The media council could not only summon journalists for a conversation at any time but has the right to make the journalists reveal their sources if asked. Provided that the media council can qualify journalistic statements as »false reports«, it can sentence to the author a heavy fine, ban employment and can freeze the medium in which the report was published, fixed or indefinitely. No independent court is involved in the matter. Moreover, the law foresees that all media, including Facebook pages, must be registered with the media council.



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