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Ukraine: New Law on TV Ownership

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 3, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a Law that introduces detailed definitions of ownership and interest in television and other broadcast companies, provides for new rules on television station ownership, and establishes new financial disclosure requirements for owners. (Law No. 674-VIII on Amending the Legislative Acts of […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Proposed Amendment to Media Law

(Feb. 4, 2015) According to a January 30, 2015, report, Kyrgyzstan is considering amendments to its media legislation that would strengthen the ability of the government to take steps against media outlets. The news came in a statement by Emir Zulpuev, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice. The amendments would allow the government to […]

Sweden: Internet Service Provider Appeals Data Retention Obligation

(Nov. 7, 2014) On October 13, 2014, the Administrative District Court in Stockholm issued a ruling against telecommunications provider Tele2 Sverige AB, declaring that it must continue to collect and store data from its users as specified in the Swedish Data Retention Act. (Administrative District Court Stockholm, Case No. 14891-14 [in Swedish] (Oct. 13, 2014).) […]

China: Control over Foreign Movies and TV Shows on Online Video Sites Tightened

(Sept. 22, 2014) China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) recently issued a circular on strengthening control over foreign movies and TV shows on online Chinese video sites, according to a summary of the circular published on the media regulator’s official website on September 5, 2014. (Guojia Xinwen Chuban Guangdian Zongju […]

Israel: Public Broadcasting Corporation Established

(Aug. 14, 2014) On July 29, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Public Broadcasting Law, 5774-2014. (Public Broadcasting Law [in Hebrew] (July 29, 2014), Knesset website [scroll down to appropriate link].) The Law establishes a corporation for public broadcasting that will begin operating on April 1, 2015, replacing the Broadcasting Authority (id. §100), that […]

Indonesia: Government Bans Support for ISIS

(Aug. 6, 2014) On August 4, 2014, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Djoko Suyanto, announced that the government has banned the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), forbidding the propagation of its teachings in the country. Suyanto spoke at a press conference at the President’s office and was joined by […]

Indonesia: Media Restrictions for Ramadan

(June 30, 2014) As reported on June 24, 2014, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (Komisi Penyiaran Indonesia, or KPI) has issued a circular to remind television broadcasters not to show material deemed inappropriate for the month-long Islamic holiday of Ramadan or to turn the holiday into a marketing opportunity. (KPI Wants Sex and Violence Off the […]

Brazil: New Resolution Bans Advertising to Children Under Age 12

(Apr. 22, 2014) Brazil’s National Council of the Rights of the Child and the Adolescent (Conselho Nacional dos Direitos da Criança e do Adolescente, or CONANDA) issued Resolution No. 163 on March 13, 2014, banning ads targeting children. The Resolution, which entered into force on the date of its publication in the country’s Official Gazette […]

Vietnam: Controversial Internet Decree in Effect

(Sept. 6, 2013) The Vietnamese government adopted the Decree on Management, Provision, and Use of Internet Services and Information Content Online (Decree 72/2013-ND-CP) on July 15, 2013; it became effective on September 1, 2013. (English translation of the Decree, Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade website (July 15, 2013) [scroll down page to file attachment].) […]

New Zealand: Patents Bill Passed, Includes Ban on Software Patents

(Aug. 30, 2013) On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, COMPUTERWORLD (Aug. 29, 2013).) The legislation, which was first introduced in 2008, replaces the Patents Act 1953 and seeks to “update the New […]