Popular German magazine Wostok has published detailed article on the interaction of media and civil society in Uzbekistan.
Material introduces German readers with the development of institutions of civil society and independent media as an important factor of democratization in Uzbekistan.
In particular, it is noted that in recent years the country has taken a number of organizational and legal measures, aimed at strengthening the principles of freedom of speech and access to information.
With reference to the opinion of foreign experts, the author emphasizes that the media, operating in Uzbekistan, is completely in line with international standards and requirements of modern realities.
“The media are occupying a worthy place in the political, social and spiritual life of Uzbek society. This ensures social and legal protection of journalists, their training, the support of the media market, ensuring fair competition and better access to information. Currently, the country has registered more than 1,400 media outlets. The press and media of the country spread information in seven languages of nations and nationalities, living in Uzbekistan. At the same time 64% of the media are private. This means that public opinion is not one-sided in the country, and covers all kinds of information channels, “- the author writes.
The article also focuses on the Uzbek government’s efforts to organizational and financial strengthening of national media. It is stated that the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On granting additional tax benefits and preferences to further develop of the media” has provided media editors and printing enterprises with customs and tax benefits which contribute to the strengthening of their economic and financial viability and independence.
“This is a striking example of the effectiveness of the Uzbek model of development. As in all democratic countries, the media in Uzbekistan must be seen not only as a communication mechanism for the dissemination of any information, but also a reliable defender of democratic institutions, the interests of the individual, society and state. This active computerization and informatization of social and political life means the changing role of the media which have become an integral part of civil society in Uzbekistan. Their importance and influence in the country continues to grow”, – sums up the German edition.
Jahon Information Agency, Berlin