YPC Weekly Newsletter

2012


AMENDMENTS, RESTRICTING MEDIA ACTIVITIES DURING STATE OF EMERGENCY, APPROVED IN FIRST HEARING

On March 1 RA National Assembly approved in first hearing the package of the draft laws “On Legal Regime of State of Emergency”, “On Introducing Supplements to RA Code of Administrative Offences”, and “On Introducing A Supplement to ‘RA NA Regulations’”.

Point 12 of Article 7 of Draft Law “On Legal Regime of State of Emergency” sets as a measure of state of emergency “the restriction of freedom of expression, particularly, a ban on some publications, programs in media”. It is suggested to supplement the RA Code of Administrative Offences with a new Article 182.2. Point 8 of this Article imposes a fine in the amount of the 500-fold to 800-fold of a minimum wage for issuing a banned publication/program during state of emergency.