Rules for accreditation of foreign mass media representatives and their journalists

 

Approved

by Order

of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan

as of May 18, 2016

No. 11-1-2/192

 

 

Rules for accreditation of foreign mass media representatives and their journalists

                                                                                  

Chapter 1. General provisions

1. The Rules for accreditation of foreign mass media representatives and their journalists (hereinafter - Rules) have been developed in accordance with paragraph 16 (50) of the Regulations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as approved by the Resolution of the Government of Kazakhstan on October 28, 2004. No. 1118.The Rules shall identify the procedure for accreditation of foreign mass media representatives and their journalists.

 

Chapter 2. Accreditation of foreign mass media representatives

2. Foreign mass media (hereinafter - media) representatives must be accredited in Kazakhstan to be able to collect, process, and prepare information and materials for foreign media.

3. To obtain accreditation, foreign media must send the following documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ofKazakhstan (hereinafter - Ministry), either directly or through a foreign mission:

1)   A letter from the management of the foreign media regarding the accreditation of the foreign media representative;

2)  Background information of the media representative, including full name, background, legal address, and contact details.

4. Within two months of receiving the documents specified in paragraph three, the Ministry will notify the media of one of the following decisions:

1) Approval of accreditation of the foreign media representative; or

2) Denial of accreditation of the foreign media representative,including areasonfor this decision.

5. The decision to deny a foreign media representative accreditation will be made in the event thatthe court of Kazakhstan has ruled to suspend or terminatethe publications producedbythe foreign media outlet in question, or the distribution of the publicationsproduced by the foreign media outlet, in Kazakhstan.

6. The Ministry will take no longer than five working days to send an accreditation certificate to the media representative once the application has been approved. The certificate will include the name of the media representative, the accreditation number, and the date of registration. The certificate of accreditation is valid throughout Kazakhstan for an unlimited time.

 

Chapter 3. Accreditation of foreign media journalists

7. Activities of foreign media journalists in Kazakhstan, including the collecting, processing, and preparing of information and materials,must be carried out on the basis that the journalist is accredited.

8. The foreign media journalist will be accredited on a permanent or temporary basis, regardless of their nationality or permanent residence.

9. Permanent accreditation of foreign media journalists will be provided for two years, based on the accreditation of the foreign media representative. Temporary accreditation of foreign media journalists will be provided for up to three months.

10. To obtain journalist accreditation, the foreign media must send the following documents to the Ministry, either directly or through a foreign mission:

1)  A letter from the management ofthe foreign media outletregarding the permanent or temporary accreditation of a journalist;

2) A completed accreditation form, as included in the Annex of these Rules;

3) Two photos, 3x4 cm in size;

4) A copy of the journalist's passport.

To obtain a temporary journalist accreditation, it is necessary to provide the invitation from the Republic of Kazakhstan (if available).

11. Within two months of receiving the specified documents, the Ministry will notify in writing the foreign media management of one of the following decisions:

1) Approval of accreditation of the foreign media journalist;

2) Denial of accreditation of the foreign media journalist,including a justification for the decision.

12. The decision to deny accreditation for a foreign media journalist will be made if:

1) Unreliable information is included in the accreditation form;

2) Any aspect of Kazakhstan’s legislation on mass media is violated;

3) Thecourt of Kazakhstan rules to suspend or terminatethe production of the foreign media, or the distribution of products by the foreign media, in Kazakhstan.

13. If accreditation is approved, the Ministry will provide the foreign media journalist with either a permanent or temporary accreditation card. This will include the card number, the journalist’s full name, the name of the foreign media, and the card’s expiration date.

14. In the event that the foreign media journalist’s accreditation card is lost, the foreign media journalist mustapply to the Ministry for a duplicate copy.

The duplicate copy of the accreditation card will be issued by the Ministry within five working days of receiving the application.

15. In the event that any information on the accreditation form changes, the foreign media journalist must notify the Ministry within three working days.

16. Extending the permanent accreditation of a foreign media journalist will be carried out by the Ministry for a maximum period of two years.

To extend the permanent accreditation of a foreign media journalist, the foreign media managementmustsubmit a letter to the Ministry no less than two months prior to the foreign media journalist’s accreditation card expiring.

17. Extending the temporary accreditation of a foreign media journalist will be carried out by the Ministry for a maximum period of three months.

To extend the temporary accreditation of a foreign media journalist, the foreign media managementmust submit a letter to the Ministry no less than 15 working days prior to the foreign media journalist’s accreditation card expiring.

18. Having considered the application to extend the foreign media journalist's accreditation period, the Ministry will notify in writing the foreign media of one of the following decisions:

1) Approval of the extension of the foreign media journalist's accreditation period; or

2) Denial of the extension of the foreign media journalist's accreditation period, including a justification for the decision.

19. The decision to denythe extension of the foreign media journalist's accreditation period will be made in the cases stipulated in paragraph 12 (2) and (3) of these Rules.

20. The Ministry will terminate the accreditation of a foreign media journalist early if:

1) Any aspect of Kazakhstan’s legislation on mass media is violatedby the foreign media journalist;

2) The foreign media management applies to terminate the foreign media journalist’s accreditation early;

3) There are no published materials in a six month perioddemonstrating that the foreign media journalist is active in Kazakhstan;

4) The foreign media journalist is found criminally liable by the Kazakhstan court;

5) Articles 19 and 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by the Republic of Kazakhstan on November 28 2005, are invoked.

21. In the event of an early termination of a foreign media journalist’s accreditation, the Ministry will notify the foreign media management within five working days of making the decision.

The foreign media journalist must return the accreditation card to the Ministry within three working days of the Ministry notifying the foreign media management of the decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Created at : 17.08.2015, 12:54, Updated at : 29.06.2016, 17:00