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Germany: New Law Allows Broadcasting and Recording of Court Proceedings

(Oct. 24, 2017) On June 22, 2017, and September 22, 2017, respectively, the German Bundestag (parliament) and the German Bundesrat (representing the states) passed an amendment to the German Courts Constitution Act that allows live audio broadcasting of court proceedings in a separate media room for trials of interest, broadcasting of the judgment and sentencing for […]

Vietnam: New Rules on Media for Children

(Oct. 13, 2017) On October 1, 2017, a new Ministry of Information and Communications circular, issued by Minister Truong Minh Tuan on June 23, 2017, came into force in Vietnam. It has provisions on media designed for children and requires warnings for viewer or reader discretion related to material not suitable for them.  The rules […]

Tajikistan: Fines for Language Mistakes

(Sept. 26, 2016) On August 1, 2016, the State Committee on Language and Terminology under Tajikistan’s Cabinet of Ministers announced that it will issue fines for violating Tajik language norms and using words in the Farsi language that are not clearly understood by the audience of print and broadcast media. The fine will be in […]

Ukraine: New Law on TV Ownership

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 3, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a Law that introduces detailed definitions of ownership and interest in television and other broadcast companies, provides for new rules on television station ownership, and establishes new financial disclosure requirements for owners. (Law No. 674-VIII on Amending the Legislative Acts of […]

Israel: Public Broadcasting Corporation Established

(Aug. 14, 2014) On July 29, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Public Broadcasting Law, 5774-2014. (Public Broadcasting Law [in Hebrew] (July 29, 2014), Knesset website [scroll down to appropriate link].) The Law establishes a corporation for public broadcasting that will begin operating on April 1, 2015, replacing the Broadcasting Authority (id. §100), that […]

Indonesia: Media Restrictions for Ramadan

(June 30, 2014) As reported on June 24, 2014, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (Komisi Penyiaran Indonesia, or KPI) has issued a circular to remind television broadcasters not to show material deemed inappropriate for the month-long Islamic holiday of Ramadan or to turn the holiday into a marketing opportunity. (KPI Wants Sex and Violence Off the […]