Law on Mass Media (1999, amended 2014) (excerpts)

Law on Mass Media 

(excerpts)

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Article 13. Suspension and termination of production of mass media or distribution of media products
1. Suspension or termination of production of mass media or distribution of media products is possible under decision of the possessor or court.
2. Suspension means temporary termination of production of one or several numbers of publications, broadcast of television-, radio programs, television-, radio channels, as well as distribution of media products. Suspension of production of mass media or distribution of media products shall be allowed for the term not more than three months.
3. Grounds for suspension of production of mass media or distribution of media products in the manner, established by the Law are: disclosure of details that are state secrets or other secret, protected by the Law, distribution of information, propagating suicide, disclosing techniques and technical tactics of antiterrorist operations in the period of their conducting, propaganda of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors, propaganda or agitation of the inhumanity and violence cult, social, racial, national, religious, class and generic superiority, distribution of television-, radio programs, television-, radio channels, as well as demonstration of cine and video products of pornographic and special sexual and erotic nature, use of mass media for the purpose of violation of the conditions of conducting election campaign, carrying out of the activity by foreign persons, stateless persons, foreign legal entities and international organizations, impeding and (or) enabling nomination and election of candidates, political parties, nominated party list, achievement of certain result on elections, conduct of campaigning in the period of its prohibition, compulsion to participation or refuse from participation in strike, violation of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on procedure for organization and conduct of peaceful meetings, rallies, processions, pickets and demonstrations, on copyright law and allied rights in Internet, as well as violation of requirements, provided by Article 3, paragraph 6 of Article 10, as well as repeated violation of requirements of Articles 15 and 16 of this Law within a year.
4. The grounds for termination of production of mass media or distribution of media products are:
propaganda or agitation of the forced change of constitutional order, violation of integrity of the Republic of Kazakhstan, erosion of the state security, war, propaganda of extremism or terrorism, publication of materials and distribution of information, oriented to incitement of cross-national and inter-confessional hatred, as well as non-elimination of the reasons for suspension of media products in established term.
5. In case of suspension or termination of production of mass media or distribution of media products under decision of possessor or court, the notification shall be sent to the authorized body.
Termination of production of mass media or distribution of media products shall entail annulment of certificate on recording.
Footnote. Article 13 is in the wording of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 10.07.2009 No. 178-IV; as amended by the Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 12.01.2012 No. 537-IV (shall be enforced upon expiry of ten calendar days after its first official publication); dated 18.01.2012 No. 546-IV (shall be enforced upon expiry of thirty calendar days after its first official publication).

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