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Mass Media Act (2006) (excerpts)

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(1) Information for the media under this Act is information provided by an authority at its own
initiative to the media and information given by an authority to the media as a reply to a question
and concerning the working domain of the relevant authority. Information must be authentic and
comprehensive.
(2) The media can require information from all authorities defined as liable by the law regulating
the access to information of public nature.
(3) Authorities overseeing the provision of information to the media shall appoint the person in
charge of the implementation of the provisions of this Act and publish his/her name and official
phone number and e-mail. The authorities shall provide information about the person in charge to
the competent ministry.
(4) After the receipt of a written question the reply to which will be partially or wholly rejected by
an authority, this authority must inform the media accordingly by the end of the working day
following the receipt of the question.
(5) An authority may partially or wholly reject the reply to a question of the media if no free access
is granted to the required information under the law governing the access to information of public
nature.
(6) Authorities must provide the media with a reply to a question within seven working days from
the receipt of the written question at the latest.
(7) The written notification under paragraph 4 or the reply under paragraph 6 hereof shall contain
the name of the media that posed the question, the wording of the question and the decision on the
partial or whole rejection of the reply to the question. The media can require additional
clarifications within three days from the receipt of the reply. The authority must provide such
clarifications without delay and no later than three days from the receipt of the request for
additional clarifications.
(8) The whole or partial rejection of a reply under paragraphs 4 and 5 shall be considered a decision
of refusal.
(9) Appeal against the decision of refusal under the preceding paragraph shall only be permissible if
the partial or whole rejection of the reply to a question derives from a document, matter, file,
register, records or other documentary material.
(10) The appeal against the decision under paragraph 8 must be filed in writing; the decision on the
appeal shall be taken by the authority competent for deciding on the appeal under provisions of the
law governing the access to information of public nature. The relevant authority must abide by the
decision issued on the basis of an appeal without delay or within five days after it was served the
decision.
(11) If press information is published in the media in whole and literally, the author of the
contribution and the editor shall not be held liable for damages or criminally liable for accurately
publishing the contents of public information. The authority providing such information shall be
responsible for its authenticity and accuracy.
(12) The control over the implementation of this Article shall be a responsibility of the authority
authorised for deciding on the appeal under provisions of the law governing the access to
information of public nature.

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