YPC Weekly Newsletter

2012


PROVISIONS REGULATING ACTIVITIES OF MEDIA DURING STATE OF EMERGENCY ADOPTED

On March 21 RA National Assembly approved the final 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’”. As it has been reported, the package, passed in first hearing on March 1, specifically the draft “On Legal Regime of State of Emergency” set as a measure of state of emergency “the restriction of freedom of expression, particularly, a ban on some publications, programs in media” (P.12, Art.7). The RA Code of Administrative Offences was suggested to supplement with a new Article 182.2. Point 8 of this Article imposed 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 (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, March 2-8, 2012).

YPC will return to the approved amendments after their official publication.