CSO representative to serve on the newly established Electronic Mass Media Council
22.09.2020

On Thursday, 10 September, the Parliament in the second reading supported the draft Law on Electronic Mass Media and its Management, the aim of which is to ensure efficient and open management, independence and accountability of public media to the public, as well as to promote the quality of their operation.

The draft law stipulates that the newly established Electronic Mass Media Council (SEPLP) will have three members: one will be nominated by the President, the second - by the Parliament, and another by the Council for Implementation of the Memorandum of Co-operation between Non-governmental Organisations and the Cabinet.   At the same time, the Draft Law sets out a number of requirements that a person must meet in order to hold the relevant position. For example, the person must have a higher education, at least five years of professional or academic experience in the media, education, culture, science or human rights, and an impeccable reputation.

Already at the beginning of 2018, we informed that the CAL called the decision-making power to determine that the members of the statutory council are selected in an open competition by the Council for Implementation of the Memorandum of Co-operation between Non-governmental Organisations and the Cabinet, without establishing exclusive rights for specific organisations.