AIBD-UNESCO-FES SEMINAR ON PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING IN THE CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS
Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) could render an important contribution to the development of democracy in the Central Asia. PSB is defined as being for the benefit of society, financed by society and controlled by society.
PSB is a means to build an informed civil society. It represents pluralism, uniting various groups in society in a dialogue that forms public opinion. PSB recognizes the importance of national identity and culture. It creates impartial programmes. It represents the interests of all groups and layers in society including national minorities.
Control of PSB is exercised through a council for broadcasting, whose members represent the interests of civil society. Legislation in the field of PSB provides long-term guarantees of access to broadcasting media for civil society. These guarantees are independent of changes in government. Modern technologies such as the Internet can provide strong assistance for PSB, particularly by providing channels for audience feedback.
The seminar participants considered PSB as a necessary, powerful and effective means to support the educational and cultural potential of the people and to provide objective information for the population of the Central Asian region.
Basic estimates show that PSB is the most effective and cost effective means to provide information, education and entertainment. Financing is a major psychological barrier to the acceptance of the overall concept of PSB.
In connection with the above, the participants of the seminar proposed:
Recommendations, Almaty, Kazakhstan the PSB seminar, 3-4 February 2003.
Preamble: The members of the working group indorse the list of the recommendations from the PSB in Bishkeke, 2002, the copy attached, and based on this recommendation. Based on this recommendations made in Bishkek with amendments and additions from 2-nd working group and making the accent on the financial and administrative aspects.
The working group suggests adding the items from 15 to 20 from the recommendations made during the Bishkek recommendations made during the Bishkek
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