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Spam Ban in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan's advertising law has been widened to include a ban on spam, but experts say the legislation needs work if it is to have any real effect.

A presidential decree dated August 15 makes it illegal to send out advertising via unauthorised mass mailings using the internet, mobile phone messages or fax. But the penalty - up to two years imprisonment - is more of a formality than a real threat, say analysts. The law itself raises too many questions to be implemented effectively. There is no clear definition in the law of what constitutes spam and what is a legitimate mailshot. If journalists, for example, were to send their material to a number of media outlets without having obtained prior permission, they might fall victim to the law.

Experts on the subject emphasise that there is as yet no mechanism for implementing the advertising law's provisions banning spam. Internet insiders say the police department that deals with IT matters is taking virtually no action. When internet providers ...

ยป institute for war and peace reporting - News Briefing Central Asia - 22-08-2006

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