Media, bloggers and social media channel owners are responsible for the content of comments - Komil Allamjonov
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Director of the Agency for Information and Mass Communications under the Presidential Administration Komil Allamjonov said that media, bloggers and owners of social media channels are responsible not only for their content, but also for the content of comments, including from fake accounts.
“Everyone knows that a lot of work has been done in our country and reforms are ongoing to ensure freedom of speech, freedom of thinking, strengthen legal protection of citizens, ensure openness of state bodies, increase the status of media employees, bloggers and support the development and protection of all categories of media,” he noted in a statement.
“This leads to their popularization, strengthening of their positions and creates the conditions for the media to become the real fourth power. We are all witnesses to this,” the head of the agency emphasized.
“Today, every owner of a smartphone, waking up early in the morning, first of all comes to social networks or reads the news by phone. And each of us, whether we like it or not, is under the influence of the information space. Some are participants in the media space, some are its victims, and some are observers,” Komil Allamjonov said.
“Given that the number of mobile phone users in Uzbekistan exceeds 20 million, our Agency, as the authorized body for the development and implementation of information policy, cannot be indifferent to this problem, since it is about peace, tranquility and prosperity of our state, our people” - he noted.
“You can see that recently, under each message, regardless of what topic it is made, heated discussions unfold, conflicting opinions are expressed. This, of course, shows that our citizens are becoming more active,” Komil Allamjonov said.
“But, unfortunately, lately among Internet users, intolerance towards other people’s opinions has been steadily growing, expressed in insulting opponents, slander, and other forms of defamation. Such comments, in turn, negatively affect the audience, contribute to misinformation and the appearance of false rumors among the population. The worst part is that most of all these provocations are carried out by a bunch of trolls or from fake accounts,” he said.
“Naturally, questions arise, for what purpose are they organized and to whom do these groups to disseminate slander and destabilize society belong? Unfortunately, this problem has become a headache not only for Uzbekistan, but also for countries around the world. Everyone knows that various riots are carried out precisely with the help of Internet resources. Neighboring countries and the world community as a whole are struggling with this problem. In fact, there is only one decision to ensure the rule of law in society, as well as to increase the legal knowledge and culture of the population, ”he said.
“I mean the fact that the concepts of democracy and freedom of speech do not mean permissiveness, the ability to say something that is contrary to accepted standards without bearing responsibility. Freedom of speech is primarily a duty to comply with the law and be responsible for every word spoken,” he added.
“When studying the activities of leading media in many foreign countries, it is clear that all these criteria are strictly observed there. Every journalist, blogger is responsible before the law for what he says in the media. This norm is fixed both in the legislation of developed countries and in the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the field of information,” Allamjonov said.
“We want to recall that every media outlet, bloggers, moderators of social networks and mobile messengers are not only obliged to comply with the above requirements in their informational messages that they write or post, but will also be liable in the manner prescribed by law for their violation, for comments under posts that are offensive or false, discredit the person or others that pose a threat to state information security, using fake accounts or animated by trolling,” the head of the agency added.
“Such information is unacceptable and should be immediately deleted if it is published on your page. Dear colleagues, we urge you all together to counteract various unhealthy processes in the media in order to ensure freedom of speech and the rule of law in our country,” he concluded.