20 November 2023
The Independent Media Commission (IMC) on November 20, 2023, on the International Day of Children's Rights, organized a public hearing on the Draft Regulation for the Protection of Children and Minors in Audio-Visual Media Services. In the opening speech, the Chairman of the IMC, Mr. Jeton Mehmeti, said that this draft presents the amendment of the IMC Regulation of 2013. The public hearing is organized in accordance with Article 8 of the Law No. 04/L-44 for the IMC, with the aim of once again making available to the public and interested parties the draft Regulation for the Protection of Children and Minors in Audio-Visual Media Services, as well as with the aim of promoting and protecting children's rights. The participants were representatives of various media licensed by the IMC, media organizations as well as organizations dealing with the protection of children's rights.
The representatives of the IMC presented once again the draft with the new proposals for changes, which has been in public consultation, as well as the public comments that the IMC has received during the 30-day period of public consultation. The draft of this regulation was put up for public consultation during the month of October, the invitation for public comments was open from October 11, 2023 to November 10, 2023 and throughout this time the interested parties had the opportunity to send their comments in IMC.
The IMC has reviewed all the comments and those that have been argued on a legal basis, it has placed in this draft. Now the IMC has decided to once again invite the interested parties to this hearing, to hear their comments before finalizing it and approving the regulation.
During the discussion table, the participants had the opportunity to present their positions and opinions regarding the draft regulation in general but also on certain points, as well as give their comments and suggestions.
At the end of the meeting, the IMC informed the parties present that in the continuation of the work on the Draft Regulation, the IMC will take into account all the remarks and proposals and comments based and legally argued, which were also presented during the public hearing.
IMC, during the work of amending this regulation, has been continuously supported by Terre des hommes Kosova, as well as in the organization of this public hearing.