Abayev spoke about punishment for defamation

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At a briefing at the press center of the Government the Minister of Information and Social Development of Kazakhstan, Dauren Abaev, spoke about toughening of punishment for defamation, correspondent reports.

"The concern of Nursultan Nazarbayev is primarily emergence of many anonymous sources, fake accounts that spread false information, which could harm the reputation, honor and dignity of citizens," he said.

Many countries are tightening these regulations, Abayev noted, citing examples and referring to Kazakhstan legislation in this area. The Criminal Code has two articles - 130 on libel and article 274 on dissemination of knowingly false information. Both articles deal with fake information.

Article 130 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 2,000 MCI or imprisonment of up to 2 years. In case of spreading libel that a person had killed someone, it’s about 3 thousand MCIs or about 3 years in jail, Abayev reminded. The toughest punishment is 7 years in prison for this type of crime by a criminal group in wartime or in emergency situations.

"Our experts are studying this issue, work will be carried out with the Prosecutor General's Office, the Supreme Court, human rights organizations, with the Nur Otan faction. International experience will be studied. The current version of both articles fits into international practice. We will pay all attention to law enforcement practice, its improvement," said Dauren Abayev, adding that all proposals will be discussed, including in task groups, in interdepartmental commissions with participation of media representatives, experts and human rights defenders.

Ekaterina Eliseeva
16:47, 23 August 2019

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