The Mongolian News Websites Association made a joint statement against the Government`s internet comment regulation to president Ts.Elbegdorj and Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag today.
The Government passed a decree to establish a system to control internet comments during last Friday`s cabinet meeting. Mongolian press media groups see this decree as a violation of the Constitutional law. In the statement it says the Government of Mongolia, which is highly believed to be a country of mature Democracy, is regressing democracy by 22 years.
Though the Government is trying to hide the real point of the decree by beautifully explaining to manage internet comments and set out proper use, the decree is designed to invade private freedoms of press media controls. Such action is a direct violation the right of free speech.
Therefore the News Websites Association opposes the decree and has made a statement.
Cyber media is a form of free speech and a platform for every Mongolian as Mongolia was able to keep pace with the world with the help of Democracy in the 21st century.
The ability to “comment” is a free tool for internet users to speak, express and criticize without any pressure presence.
Many countries have tried to close, limit or at least control internet comments so far except for Mongolia.
Countries that regulate internet insults and threats do so with expensive technological solutions.
Unfortunately the Mongolian Government does not want to find ways to solve the problems facing the cyber world by bringing into the world its own technology or by improving qualified staff. Instead the Government tries to control the cyber world registering users ID and phone number data, allowing only users who are guaranteed by mobile operators and company’s personal codes to leave comments, installing control programs on private websites.
The Mongolian News Websites Association hopes that the Government will re-consider the decree that directly affects the citizens of Mongolia with the democratic president and the democratic parliament and make a rational solution.
The Mongolian News Websites Association are as follows: